The President of the Italian Women’s Volleyball League (Lega Pallavolo Serie A Femminile) Mauro Fabris sent a letter to the Italian Volleyball Federation and Italian Olympic Committee, asking them to clarify the procedure by which Tifanny gained green light to play as a female.
Fabris indirectly admitted that he has been coping with a pressure from some Italian teams and wanted to get “the appropriate explanations related to the application, in this case, of the regulations for transgender athletes and to start a peaceful and responsible dialogue solely from the point of view of the future of volleyball and the female volleyball movement.”
Fabris explains he is aware of “the IOC (International Olympic Committee) rules regarding the change of gender and the procedures in regard to such matters as defined in the Regulations of the Olympic Games validated by the IOC Executive Board and of the Consensus Meeting of November 2015 on the theme called ‘Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism’, which pointed out some guidelines for sports organizations when it comes to determining eligibility to compete on the part of male and female athletes” and does not complain about these regulations.
According to the guidelines of the IOC for determining the gender transition from male gender to female gender, the level of testosterone in the blood should be less than 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to the first competition. Thus, Fabris wanted clarification if these guidelines were properly implemented and applied by the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) and consequently by the Italian Volleyball Federation.
Two days ago, Tifanny played her second match since she arrived in Italy, scoring 18 points for her team Golem Software Palmi against Fenera Chieri (0-3). In addition to 28 points she noted on the debut, Tifanny now averages 23 points in Serie A2.
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