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British cyclist Katie Archibald says female and transgender athletes ‘let down’ by governing bodies

British cyclist Katie Archibald says female and transgender athletes 'let down' by governing bodies

Katie Archibald (left) won gold in the madison at Tokyo 2020 alongside Laura Trott and was part of the Great Britain team who won silver…

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Katie Archibald (left) won gold in the madison at Tokyo 2020 alongside Laura Trott and was part of the Great Britain team who won silver in the team pursuit British Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald says female and transgender athletes have been "let down" by inclusion policies in sport.

Archibald, who won the madison at Tokyo 2020, is the first British cyclist to speak publicly about transgender athletes taking part in women’s races.

Transgender athletes must be welcomed into sport but without "sacrificing fairness", added Archibald.

"I, too, feel let down by these policies," the Scottish rider said.

In November, new guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said there should be no assumption that a transgender athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events.

Archibald, who won gold in the team pursuit at Rio 2016 and silver in the same event in Tokyo last year, said the IOC was "wrong".

"[It tells me] that losing to male androgenisation is not about biology, but mindset," she said.Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges was allowed by British Cycling to compete at last month’s National Omnium Championships.But, three days before the event, the decision was overruled by world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).Archibald, 28, said the late ruling by the UCI was "unfair" and made the debate become "sadly personal".After being prevented from competing, 21-year-old Bridges released a statement saying she felt "harassed and demonised" and had "little clarity" on her eligibility.She added that her privacy had been "totally violated" and that she had received "targeted […]

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