British Cycling suspends transgender policy

Transgender athletes are no longer able to compete at elite events run by British Cycling after the organisation suspended its current policy.

The previous regulations required riders to have had testosterone levels below five nanomoles per litre for a 12-month period prior to competition.

British Cycling says it will conduct a full review of the policy “in the coming weeks”.

Last month, Emily Bridges was due to compete in her first elite women’s race after meeting the requirements but was later ruled ineligible by cycling’s world governing body, the UCI.

A British Cycling statement said transgender and non-binary athletes could still appear at non-competitive activities.

It also said it would speak to “all stakeholders, including women and the transgender and non-binary communities” as part of the review.

“We will also continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our sport remains free of hate, discrimination and abuse in all forms, and that we prioritise the welfare of riders, volunteers, event organisers, commissaires and others that our sport can’t continue without,” the statement read.

“The challenge is far greater than one event or one sport, and only by working together can we hope to find a timely solution, which achieves fairness in a way that maintains the dignity and respect of all athletes.”

More to follow.

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