“The conclusion made is that the correct physiological classification is male.”
A transgender powerlifter who boasted about dominating a women’s national championship event last month has had the world records she set rejected.
The president of the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation, Paul Bossi, announced the decision Wednesday in a statement posted to Twitter. Bossi said that Mary Gregory had not told the league she is transgender, and that as a biological man, she is not eligible to hold women’s records.
“Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather than identification. On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made, is that the correct physiological classification is male,” he said.
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“Since the lifter’s gender classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with female, no female records will be broken by these lifts.”
Bossi – who is a powerlifter himself, as well as a high school P.E. coach – also said that Gregory would be removed from women’s competition and moved to a soon-to-be created transgender division.
Statement from Paul Bossi, President of RAW Powerlifting, regarding the trans women who recently broke 4 women's world records:
"Since the lifter's classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with female, no female records will be broken by these lifts." pic.twitter.com/aC2IHNaBAr
— Colin Wright (@SwipeWright) May 3, 2019
Last Sunday, Gregory announced on Instagram that she had swept the nine events she competed in at the 100% Raw Federation’s U.S. championship in Highland Spring, Virginia, near where she trains in Richmond. It was for athletes over 40 years old.
“What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!” she said. “[W]e did it!!!”
However, two female former Olympians from the United Kingdom – where transgender rights have lately been hotly debated – joined many Instagram users in essentially calling Gregory a cheater.
Gregory – who according to her Instagram posts began taking hormones to transition nine months ago, shortly after coming out and ending her marriage – was the latest in a series of transgender athletes to create controversy by winning women’s powerlifting and other sports competitions.
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100% Raw Federation’s announcement came on the same day that the highest court in international sports ruled against South African Olympian Caster Semenya. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ regulation on testosterone, which requires intersex women to reduce their testosterone to below male levels.
Both Gregory and Semenya’s cases inflamed a culture war that goes well beyond athletics. Around the world, activists have in recent years made rapid social and legal progress in replacing biological sex with gender identity. Critics have warned that gendered institutions are at risk, particularly those set aside for women.
On her Instagram page Monday, Gregory shared that she was struggling with the “emotional roller coaster of this last week” and feeling “emotionally rough.” However, she said that she managed to regain focus and rip out a set of squats, which she documented in a video.
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It was a long weekend. Usually I recharge my emotional batteries on the weekend. Take some me time- do some cleaning, chill on the couch with the fur babies, meal prep, maybe watch some Netflix. Was gone all day Saturday and Sunday. After the emotional roller coaster of this last week, I was feeling mentally rough yesterday afternoon. That carried over into this morning. I didn't want to get up, certainly didn't want to go to the gym. But I did. Couldn't focus and you see the results. A miss on my top set. So what did I do- I came back and got it(swipe right to see). One thing this sport has taught me is to never give up. – Sumo DL 305×6 320×6 335×0- miss 335×6- got it! 305×6 TNG bench 180×5 187.5×5 195×5 180×5 SSB 140×10 150×10 160×10 140×10 – #transisbeautiful#richmondbalance#exodusstrength#hereonpurpose#sharetheplatform#powerliftingmotivation
Two commenters offered their support, with one saying: “Yes Mary keep going doing your strong thing and forget about the naysayers 👏 so happy I got to catch up with you this weekend!”
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