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(LifeSiteNews) — The International Powerlifting Union has declared that a male Canadian “transgender” powerlifter must be banned from competing against women. 

On August 18, the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) issued an ultimatum to the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) after the CPU allowed “Anne” Andres, a biological man, to compete against women.  

“They [Andres] risk to be suspended if they do not follow that policy,” Gaston Parage, IPF President told the Daily Mail, which first reported the warning. 

The warning came about a week after a gender-confused man named “Anne” Andres set a Canadian powerlifting record. 

He set the national record at a championship in Brandon, Manitoba, at the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s 2023 Western Canadian Championship after out-lifting the females in the category by over 200 kilograms. He won first place in the Female Masters Unequipped category, as recently reported by LifeSiteNews. 

The IPF recently changed their rules to protect female weightlifters by limiting which biological men being allowed to compete against women.  

The weightlifting organization announced that “transgender” athletes must present identification proving they have identified as the opposite sex for at least four years prior to competing against women. The gender-confused male must also prove he has a lowered testosterone level. 

Canadian competitive powerlifter April Hutchinson celebrated the decision, calling the new IPF laws a “BIG win.”  

“It’s not a perfect policy but a step in the right direction,” Hutchinson wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “No more inclusion policy. See what speaking up can achieve.” 


In March, Kristine Bayntum, who is a powerlifter, described to the National Review what it was like to compete against Andres in a 2019 event. 

“I didn’t know at the time, but I suspected that I was competing against a trans-identifying male,” she said.  

“When I was on the podium, I got second, then this person came up and spoke, and it was basically a man’s voice.” 

Bayntum noted how she was “shocked” after later finding out, not until 2023, that Andres was a biological male, as she had earlier thought Andres might have been a woman on testosterone. 

Andres himself has even admitted that biological males have an advantage over females in powerlifting, saying, “While the science does appear pretty clear that transgender women athletes do appear to have a sustained advantage having gone through male puberty, even after having testosterone-blocking surgery, that’s not the conversation we’re having here.”  

Riley Gaines, a conservative activist who is a former University of Kentucky All-American swimmer and is best known for speaking out against men competing against women in sports due to transgender ideology, blasted Andres for mocking women powerlifters for not being as strong as men. 

“Anne Andres (male who identifies and competes as a woman) doesn’t understand why female powerlifters are so ‘bad’ at bench press… well idk Anne, but maybe it’s because you have 20 times more testosterone than them. Just a thought,” Gaines posted on X.

Scientific research continues to reaffirm that males have an edge over females in most sports when it comes to their physical capabilities, which are not eliminated by cross-sex hormones. 

As biological men continue to push their way into women’s competitions stealing their awards and setting new records, some institutions have enforced laws to protect women.  

In August, British Rowing announced it will ban biological males who claim to be female from competing against females and potentially taking their awards. 

Later that month, World Aquatics, the international governing body for aquatics, announced that it has created an “open category” for swimmers who claim to be “transgender” and do not meet the current regulations to compete against women. 

Similarly, World Track and Field have banned people from participating in categories that do not align with one’s biological sex. Also, others have created special categories for gender-confused athletes.

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