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British Cycling to ban transgender women from female category

Olympic champion cyclist Beth Shriever. Photo: Twitter @BritishCycling.

British Cycling is to prohibit transgender women from participating in the female category of its competitions, after conducting a thorough nine-month review and consultation.

The governing body introduced a new participation policy aimed at ensuring fairness, which entails transgender women competing in an ‘open category’ alongside men.

The female category will now be exclusively reserved for individuals born female.

Reports say this policy change could prevent prominent transgender cyclist Emily Bridges, who is recognized as one of the country’s highest-profile transgender athletes, from being a part of the British women’s team.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu