Emily Bridges, a British Transgender cyclist, has been disqualified days before she was due to race in a women’s event this weekend.
According to British Cycling, the 21-year old will be eligible to race on April 2 due to British Cycling Transgender and Non-Binary Participation policy.
However, the UCI informed Bridges that as she is registered as a male cyclist who started hormone therapy in 2021 – she could not compete.
British Cycling said:
“We acknowledge the decision of the UCI with regards to Emily’s participation, however, we fully recognise her disappointment with today’s decision,”
“We believe all participants within our sport deserve more clarity and understanding around participation in elite competitions and we will continue to work with the UCI on both Emily’s case and the wider situation with regards to this issue.”
“We also understand that in elite sports the concept of fairness is essential,”
“For this reason, British Cycling is today calling for a coalition to share, learn and understand more about how we can achieve fairness in a way that maintains the dignity and respect of all athletes.”
Many states in the U.S have banned transgender female athletes from female teams. Florida Governor Ron DeStantis even denounced transgender swimmer Lia Thomas when she won an NCAA championship.
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