The controversy over the participation of transgender people in sporting events has resurfaced.
The participation of transgender athletes in sporting events within the female category (in some cases winning and achieving outstanding results) has opened a new controversy about how the participation of this group of people in official competitions should be handled. So much so that the UCI announced that it was going to review its protocols. The UK Cycling Federation has guessed and has just released their new rules by which they replace their previous policies.
The men’s category becomes the “Open” category.
The United Kingdom Cycling Federation claims to have reached its new rules regarding the participation of transgender and non-binary people after 9 months of evaluation and participation by all types of groups.
From the outset they have split their rules between those that apply to competitive events and those that apply to non-competitive events. We’re going to focus on the first one, which can have an effect on the race. In this new regulation they sought the concept of “sex assigned at birth” as a way to assign a category to people regardless of how their sexual orientation has changed over time.
The big innovation is that the men’s category simply disappears and becomes an open category. The female class remains.
The ‘female’ category will remain in effect for people whose gender was assigned female at birth and transgender men who have not yet started hormone therapy.
Transgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, and those whose gender was assigned male at birth will be eligible to compete in the “open” category. The ‘female’ category will remain in effect for people whose gender was assigned female at birth and transgender men who have not yet started hormone therapy. At this stage, transgender men who have already started hormone therapy will only be eligible to compete in the “open” category and must ensure they continue to meet UK anti-doping requirements. Individuals whose gender was assigned as female at birth may compete in the ‘open’ category if they wish.
Existing racing licenses held by transgender women will remain valid until the new policy comes into force, and the federation is working closely with those individuals themselves to support their continued participation in events following the policy change.
Despite these new regulations, much doubt arises as to how they can be implemented in UCI events held in their region if the new UCI regulations are being worked out (or even the current ones) on their own. conflict with the rules of From United Kingdom.