CeCe Telfer, a transgender woman who won the NCAA 400-meter hurdles title in 2019, will be unable to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials due to her testosterone levels, USA Track and Field USATF) said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
Athletes must meet the standards to be a member of the U.S. Olympic Team to be eligible for the track and field trials, according to USATF. The World Athletics “Eligibility Regulations for Transgender Athletes” guidelines contain the requirements for U.S. Olympic teams, which Telfer has not met, the organization stated.
World Athletics guidelines require athletes’ testosterone levels to be less than five nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months to compete in the female category. However, USATF said Telfer did not meet those requirements.
“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 U.S. 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.”
David McFarland, Telfer’s manager, said in a statement to CNN, “The model of grace in the face of adversity, CeCe will respect USA Track & Field’s decision on her eligibility to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials this Friday in Eugene.
“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.
Before medically transitioning, Telfer was a member of the NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University men’s track & field team for three years. Telfer won the NCAA title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles as a senior for the women’s team in 2019.