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On Loland’s conception of fair equality of opportunity in sport

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally to this commentary.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • A second problem, according to Loland, is that they do not respect the athletes’ privacy. However, as this algorithm is applied to all athletes (not just those athletes who do not neatly fit into the categories of male and female), this intrusion of privacy may be acceptable. The acceptability is bolstered by the fact that many inequalities, such as VO2max and haemoglobin levels, are already documented in an athletes ‘biological passport’.

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