Few countries in the world recognize non-binary gender in any way; These include Denmark, Canada, Belgium, Argentina and Australia. But legal isn’t the only debt it has to recognize those who feel neither masculine nor feminine.
For that reason, there’s already one area they’re looking to pay off that debt: sports. This time thanks to the scheduling of two marathons, which will include a special competition for non-binary gender athletes from 2023.
The first step was taken by the organization of the world’s oldest marathon, the Boston Marathon, who explained on their website that they still do not have qualifying standards for non-binary athletes. Participants are accepted at the event.
For this reason, while the brands for this new category meet, the time cut for the women’s segment will be taken care of.
The London Marathon also seeks to be “the most diverse, equitable and inclusive race in the world”, offering women’s, men’s and non-binary categories to everyone who registers from next year.
Of course, this would not apply to elite competition, as they operate under the rules of World Athletics, which at this time do not accept a non-binary gender option.
Welcoming the move, Event Director Hugo Brescher said, “This is an important step for the TCS London Marathon as we continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive. We know there is much more to be done”,