The long-awaited report argues there is no magic solution which balances the inclusion of trans women in female sport while guaranteeing competitive fairness and safety.
How long did it take for the UK sports councils to reach a conclusion everyone could see was blindingly obvious?
As things stand, most sports follow the guidelines set by the International Olympic Committee in 2015, which permit trans women to compete in female sport if they suppress their testosterone levels below 10nmol per litre.
However, in August the IOC admitted these rules were “not fit for purpose” and would be revised in the next few months. The five sports councils across the UK go further still by stating that suppressing testosterone for 12 months “cannot guarantee fairness”.
“Rather, there appears to be a retention of physical capacity in transgender people who suppress testosterone from male levels,” it states. “Such physical differences will also impact on safety parameters in sports which are combat, collision or contact in nature.”
Yes, well, any fool can see that.
And, for the first time, it tells sports across Britain that they will have to choose which to prioritise.
Who is betting that they'll swim against the progressive tide then? Anyone? Bueller?
Sports are also given three potential paths they might consider. They are prioritising transgender inclusion; protecting the female category by having open and “female-only” categories; establishing new formats by adapting rules to include non-contact versions of team sports so that everyone can play.
So the choices are carry on with the wokeness, don't carry on with the wokeness, or ruin the sport entirely. Hmmm. I'm not a betting woman, luckily.