Transgender runner CeCe Telfer has been ruled out of the US Olympic trials after failing to meet World Athletics standards regarding testosterone levels, USA Track and Field said on Thursday.
CeCe Telfer, who was due to compete in the opening heats of the women’s 400m hurdles on Friday, was unable to provide evidence that she met testosterone thresholds laid out by World Athletics in 2019.
The World Athletics standards, which apply to all women’s running events between 400m and a mile, came amid a long-running controversy regarding South Africa’s Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya.
USATF confirmed that Telfer had not demonstrated her eligibility to race at the trials in Eugene, Oregon, this week.
The federation said Telfer had been notified of the eligibility requirements prior to the trials but was not able to show compliance.
“USATF strongly supports inclusivity and providing a clear path to participation in the sport for all, while also maintaining competitive fairness,” the federation said in a statement.
“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.”