CeCe Telfer, a transgender woman who won the NCAA title in 400-meter hurdles
in 2019, will not be able to compete at the US Olympic trials,
USA Track and Field announced on Thursday. Telfer is ineligible in that same
event at the trials due to her testosterone levels
To be eligible for the trials in track and field, athletes must meet the requirements
to be a member of the US Olympic Team, USATF said. The requirements for US
Olympic teams are in the World Athletics “Eligibility Regulations for Transgender
Athletes” guidelines, which Telfer has not met, the organization said.
The World Athletics guidelines state that one of the requirements to be eligible to
participate in the female category at an international competition in events ranging
in distances from 400 meters to a mile is that her testosterone levels must be less
than 5 nanomoles per liter for a period of at least 12 months.
“Following notification from World Athletics on June 17 that the conditions had not
yet been met, USATF provided CeCe with the eligibility requirements and, along with
World Athletics, the opportunity to demonstrate her eligibility so that she could
compete at the US Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field,” the USATF statement said.
“According to subsequent notification to CeCe from World Athletics on June 22, she
has not been able to demonstrate her eligibility.
“USATF strongly supports inclusivity and providing a clear path to participation in
the sport for all, while also maintaining competitive fairness. If CeCe meets the
conditions for transgender athlete participation in the future,
we wholeheartedly back her participation in international events as a member of Team USATF.”
Telfer first competed for NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University men’s track and
field team for three years before medically transitioning to a woman.
Her management says they will accept the decision.
“The model of grace in the face of adversity, CeCe will respect United States Track &
Field’s decision on her eligibility to compete at the US Olympic Trials this Friday in
Eugene.” Telfer’s manager, David McFarland, told CNN in a statement.
“CeCe has turned her focus towards the future and is continuing to train. She will
compete on the national and world stage again soon,” McFarland said.