I have to say this one stumps me.
Cal is a non binary runner who was assigned female at birth. But now Cal competes in non-binary categories, and will do so at the Chicago Marathon. They were reported to USADA for testosterone use, which obviously they use.
On the one hand, it's clear they are using testosterone because they are trans, not because they want an athletic advantage. On the other hand, testosterone is a classic banned substance in athletics.
On the one hand, they compete in non binary categories, not against other female runners. Good on them. On the other hand--well, testosterone is still...banned.
Ultimately, the question I keep coming back to is this: why should any category exempt athletes from using banned substances, even non-binary? Men can't take testosterone, women can't take testosterone. Why are non-binary athletes, even female non binary athletes an exception?
As bad as this is for Cal, I think thems the rules. Cal should have gotten a TUE for testosterone, not blissfully taken a banned substance while competing in a category that at times has prize money.
This was reported in bad faith but trans/nonbinary athletes can't keep skirting the rules choosing whatever category they want, and then acting like it's an injustice when they are told no. Testosterone is banned! They should have gotten a TUE!