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Transgender feminine fencer scores world title over 14-time champion

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A transgender feminine fencer picked up an eighth world championship on Sunday on the 2023 FIE Veteran Fencing World Championships.

Liz Kocab received within the Vet Ladies’s Epee over 14-time champion Marja-Liisa Someroja of Finland in Florida. It’s the second time Kocab has received within the 70+ age class.

“I wished to help USA Fencing,” Kocab mentioned after the bout, through USA Fencing. “I actually did. In any other case, I used to be really considering of stepping away. However the truth that it was in America, I believed that was necessary to help the USA. That is my approach of claiming because of USA Fencing.”

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Kocab and USA Fencing got here beneath fireplace as a result of the fencer was allowed to compete within the girls’s class. Nevertheless, USA Fencing applied its personal transgender and nonbinary athlete coverage in November 2022. 

The group permits rivals to “take part in USA Fencing-sanctioned occasions in a way in keeping with their gender identification/expression, whatever the gender related to the intercourse they had been assigned at beginning.”

USA Fencing mentioned in a information launch that it was an “necessary first step towards increasing entry to the game of fencing and creating inclusive and protected areas that promote equality and equity for all.”

“It’s vital that we defend the rights of nonbinary and transgender athletes in fencing,” USA Fencing CEO Phil Andrews mentioned on the time. “At the same time as we plan to conduct extra scientific analysis into the physiological results of gender transition as they pertain particularly to the game of fencing, we stay unanimously and steadfastly supportive of transgender athletes having their place in fencing.

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“To be clear, at the same time as this problem evolves, our help of transgender athletes won’t waver.”

Transgender feminine veteran, junior and senior athletes have particular necessities for nationwide rating competitions.

A normal view of two fencers. (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile through Getty Pictures)

“Athletes being handled with testosterone suppression medicine, for the needs of USA Fencing-sanctioned competitions might proceed to compete in males’s occasions, however might solely compete in girls’s occasions after finishing one calendar 12 months (12 months) of testosterone suppression remedy. Proof of compliant hormone remedy have to be offered previous to competitors,” the group says.

It’s unclear when Kocab transitioned. Kocab’s success in her 60s was highlighted in a weblog submit from Transas Metropolis. The submit famous that Kocab’s top at 6 toes might give her a bonus.

Moreover, Kocab was referred to as Greg when competing for Detroit Mercy. Kocab was a member of the 1972 NCAA Nationwide Championship staff and was an All-American in 1973.

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Kocab was inducted into the Detroit Mercy Titans Corridor of Fame in 1987. 

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