Gender in sports


“People often get confused between the terms sex and gender. Sex refers to biological differences between males and females. Gender refers to the cultural differences expected (by society / culture) of men and women according to their sex. A person’s sex does not change from birth, but their gender can.” [i]

Therefore, there are only 2 biological genders!

What a minute it is more complicated than that! “… Sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place before sexual differentiation of the brain, making it possible that they are not always congruent. …” [ii]

There could be “81 Types Of Genders & Gender Identities” [iii]

If we are no longer willing or able to discriminate on the basis of nature’s biological gender in sport, then common sense dictates that one of two options exist:

  • all competitive sporting events are classified in three common sense ways
    • male only 
    • females only
    • All other only
  • the remaining option is that all competitive sporting events allow all gender identifications to compete in the same event making no differentiation between gender.


[i] Biological Theories of Gender | Simply Psychology; Biological Theories of Gender, By Dr. Saul McLeod, published 2014

[ii] Neurobiology of gender identity and sexual orientation – PMC (; Neurobiology of gender identity and sexual orientation; By, C. E. Roselli 2018.

[iii] 81 Types Of Genders & Gender Identities (A To Z List), By Chris Drew, PhD / April 2, 2022;

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