IPC president Andrew Parsons says particular person sports activities ought to resolve 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 brazenly 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 gained bronze within the T12 400m on the Para Athletics World Championships in Paris on Thursday and set a 200m private greatest in Sunday’s heats.

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

Parsons mentioned the IPC just isn’t 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 informed 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 mentioned athletics ought to “stay an inclusive sport” however it’s “truthful” that athletes who’ve gone by male puberty needs to be excluded from the feminine class.

Parsons mentioned: “From an IPC perspective, we allowed particular person sports activities to make their guidelines by way of transgender. So these guidelines could be completely different from sport to sport.

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

Some Para-sports akin 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 girls could not compete in female events.

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

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

“We at all times knew it was not a matter of if; it is a matter of when,” he mentioned.

“Nonetheless, we’re monitoring what is going on on this planet of sport generally 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 to ensure we give them sporting alternatives, but in addition shield feminine athletes.”