Transgender cyclists barred from participating in female competitions

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) will prohibit the participation of athletes from next Monday female transgender who have made their sex change after the puberty in the women's events of its international calendar.

In a statement published this Friday, the UCI indicated that it has made this decision "in view of current scientific knowledge" on the influence on performance sports of sex change treatments.

"Taking into account the scientific uncertainties that persist, it is necessary to take this measure that seeks to protect the female category and guarantee equal opportunities," the organization said.

He added that the ban could be adapted "depending on future scientific knowledge" and assured that he would exchange information with other international federations and the sports movement to establish a research program to study the evolution of the physical performance of athletes subjected to transition hormone treatments.

The UCI indicated that transgender athletes will be able to participate in the so-called international tests Masters, non-professionals, in which the male category will be renamed "Masculine/Open“, which will include athletes who do not meet the conditions to be in the women's.

The president of the UCI, David Lappartient, indicated that this decision does not call into question that cycling is a sport open to all and does not deny the right of each one to choose the sex they want even if it is different from the one attributed to them at birth.

"But the duty of the UCI is to guarantee equal opportunities for all participants in cycling competitions," said Lappartient, who adopt this ban "as a precautionary measure."

The UCI's decision comes after having held several meetings with experts on the subject.

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