Restrictions on transgender athletes taking part in the Olympics are set to be loosened, allowing many to take part without undergoing gender reassignment surgery, Pink News reports.

Via Pink News

Athletics currently has rules governing who can take part in gendered events, preventing trans and intersex people from taking part based on a number of medical factors.

The issue has come into the limelight on a number of occasions, most notably when South African sprinter Caster Semenya was subjected to a ‘gender test’ in 2009.

However, in a bid to resolve some of the issues, the International Olympic Committee is set to adopt a new policy on “Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism”.

A copy of the guidelines leaked by Outsports reveals that all restrictions on trans men taking part in men’s events will be lifted.

Trans women will still face some obstacles to taking part in women’s events, requiring a consistent testosterone level “below 10 nmol/L".

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