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Exclusive: Commonwealth Games 2022 to allow trans women cyclists to compete for female medals

Exclusive: Commonwealth Games 2022 to allow trans women cyclists to compete for female medals

Commonwealth Games chiefs have agreed on new gender rules which could pave the way for a trans woman to race for a female cycling medal.…

Wednesday, Mar 23

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Commonwealth Games chiefs have agreed on new gender rules which could pave the way for a trans woman to race for a female cycling medal.

Telegraph Sport understands a potential contender who previously competed in male categories is in serious contention to be picked following the green light by authorities.

She has yet to formally confirm she wants to compete in Birmingham, but talks between authorities extend back a year, and have now opened the door to her potential inclusion.

Despite concerns being raised privately by others in the sport over female-athlete rights, the Commonwealth Games Federation have now removed any hurdles for her to take part.

With the Lia Thomas controversy in swimming having brought the issue into sharp focus, medical chiefs from the Games met last week to sign off their own policy for Birmingham.

Games bosses agreed on a blanket policy in which they will effectively honour international federation rules agreed for each sport. The athlete in question’s national governing body has a transgender policy that stipulates that a rider’s testosterone level must be below 5nmol/L for at least 12 months before their first race.

AdvertisementAs far as the Commonwealth Games is now concerned, she can compete on the same terms as she would be allowed by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body.“The CGF will work in close partnership with the relevant international federations to establish qualification and eligibility criteria for athlete participation at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games," the federation told The Telegraph of the new policy.The Commonwealth Games’ […]

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