Transgender female darts player wins women's event, sparks fury

Posted 19 days ago


Transgender darts player Noa-Lynn van Leuven won titles against men and women in the same week and immediately came under fire for being allowed to compete against female opponents.

Van Leuven won a women’s event in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) on Saturday, topping Beau Graves and Katie Sheldon. The win came more than a week after van Leuven won a mixed competition over John Henderson, Cam Crabtree and Tytus Kanik.

Van Leuven told The Guardian last year that the transition began at the age of 16, and as van Leuven started to move into women’s competitive darts, the backlash began.

"I was getting more and more unhappy with myself, to a point that I didn’t want to live any more," van Leuven told the outlet. "And that was the moment where I thought: I can go two sides now. I can end it, or I can live as who I want to live."

PDC chief executive Matt Porter told The Guardian last year that van Leuven complies with the organization’s transgender participation policy. The PDC follows the Darts Regulation Authority’s policy, which is governed by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC’s darts policy requires transgender female competitors to have a testosterone level below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months and that gender identity cannot be changed for at least four years. The transgender female may not have a "presumption of advantage" and the IOC advises sports to "disproportionate advantage, which needs therefore to be mitigated."... (Read more)

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