British Cycling ban transgender people from competing in women’s races after public outcry

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BRITISH Cycling will finally ban transgender people from competing in women’s races.

Following a public outcry and nine-month consultation, the governing body described the decision as “predicated on fairness”.

High-profile trans cyclist Emily Bridges called the move a ‘violent act’ and compared it to ‘genocide’PA

Women’s races will be strictly for those “whose sex was assigned female at birth”.

The men’s race will be open to anyone, including transwomen.

A spokesperson for the sports body said: “Research studies indicate that even with the suppression of testosterone, transgender women who transition post-puberty retain a performance advantage.

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“Our aim in creating our policies has always been to advance and promote equality, diversity and inclusion, while at the same time prioritising fairness of competition.”

High-profile trans cyclist Emily Bridges whinged the move was a “genocide” and “violent act” by a “failed organisation”.

But women’s rights activists welcomed the decision.

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Former Olympic medallist Sharron Davies MBE said: “The science has been there for quite a long time, and it’s been ignored in lots of cases.”

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