Transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the CrossFit Games, a competition billed as the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.
Johnson filed suit after being told she would have to compete as a man in the competition which has been held annually since 2007.
Johnson underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman in the state of California where she lives. She is 5 feet, four inches tall and weighs 151 pounds.
CrossFit makes no apologies for their stance on the issue, according to a letter obtained TMZ Sports.
‘We have simply ruled that based upon (Johnson) being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men’s Division,’ the letter states.
It also states: ‘The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women.’
CrossFit makes clear they are making what they consider to be an informed decision and makes a dig at Johnson in the process.
‘Our decision has nothing to do with ‘ignorance’ or being bigots – it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school.’
The company adds that transgendered athletes will be ‘welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition.’