Dr Seema Patel reviews the law on gender discrimination in sports law and the Olympics

The participation of trans athletes and athletes with sex variations has generated intense discussion in recent years. The way in which sports bodies have dealt with this issue, through the implementation of gender eligibility rules and their treatment of gender diverse athletes, has been widely scrutinised (Patel, “Gaps in the protection of athletes’ gender rights in sport — a regulatory riddle” (2021) International Sports Law Journal: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40318-021-00182-2). The latest guidance on this debate comes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which released the IOC Framework on Fairness, Incl...

Dr Seema Patel
Senior Lecturer in Law
Nottingham Law School

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