IPC president Andrew Parsons says particular person sports activities ought to determine transgender coverage

Italian sprinter Valentina Petrillo in action in Paris
Petrillo first competed for Italy on the 2021 Para Athletics European Championships

Worldwide sport governing our bodies ought to set their very own insurance policies on transgender athletes, says Worldwide Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons.

Italian Valentina Petrillo final week turned the primary overtly transgender athlete to win a medal at a world Para-athletics occasion.

The 49-year-old, who was born with a visible impairment, was born male however transitioned in 2019.

She received bronze within the T12 400m on the Para Athletics World Championships in Paris on Thursday and set a 200m private finest in Sunday’s heats.

Below World Para Athletics’ guidelines, an individual who’s legally recognised as a lady is eligible to compete within the class their impairment qualifies them for.

Parsons stated the IPC will not be contemplating a ruling throughout all Paralympic sports activities.

“The definition of who’s eligible to compete in a feminine occasion or not is as much as every worldwide governing physique,” he advised BBC Sport.

In March World Athletics after which UK Athletics (UKA) banned transgender women from competing in feminine classes at worldwide and nationwide degree respectively.

UKA stated athletics ought to “stay an inclusive sport” however it’s “truthful” that athletes who’ve gone via male puberty needs to be excluded from the feminine class.

Parsons stated: “From an IPC perspective, we allowed particular person sports activities to make their guidelines when it comes to transgender. So these guidelines could be completely different from sport to sport.

“Some are coming with completely different positions on transgender, or with the standards to permit them or to not permit them, so I am not stunned by the repercussions of it.”

Some Para-sports corresponding to biking and rowing are run by the identical governing physique as their Olympic counterparts, however many are unbiased.

Final week the UCI, world biking’s governing physique, dominated that transgender ladies could not compete in female events.

The UCI stated anybody who transitioned after male puberty might compete in a ‘males/open’ class.

There was criticism of Petrillo’s participation in Paris, however Parsons stated the IPC was conscious the difficulty of transgender athletes participating in top-level Para sport would come up sooner or later.

“We all the time knew it was not a matter of if; it is a matter of when,” he stated.

“Nevertheless, we’re monitoring what is going on on the earth of sport normally and new analysis, as a result of it is a actuality of sport today. Science must be the tenet.

“The transgender inhabitants is rising and they’re right here to remain. We’ve got to verify we give them sporting alternatives, but in addition defend feminine athletes.”