British Rowing has implemented a new policy that prohibits transgender women from participating in women’s events during its competitions.
Based on Current Scientific Evidence
According to the governing body, only individuals who were “assigned female at birth” will be eligible to compete in women’s races and represent the UK internationally, effective from September.
Transgender and non-binary athletes may be allowed to compete in a ‘mixed category’ race, provided that at least half of the crew qualifies as women.
The decision follows thorough research and consultations with stakeholders, academics, and relevant organizations since 2021. It is based on current scientific evidence, as stated by the sports organization.
And World Rowing Eligibility Standards
The eligibility standards set by World Rowing, the international governing body of the sport, were considered in crafting this policy.
World Rowing permits transgender women competitors in its events as long as their testosterone levels remain below five nanomoles per liter for a year.
This development comes nearly a year after British Cycling implemented a similar rule, disallowing transgender and non-binary cyclists from competing in their competitive races.
These athletes can participate in non-competitive races while the organization seeks a balanced and respectful solution.
Ongoing Global Discourse
British Rowing’s decision reflects the ongoing global discourse surrounding transgender participation in sports.
In the United States, House Republicans passed a bill aiming to prevent transgender women and girls from taking part in women’s athletic programs.
The bill has faced opposition from the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Biden, who stated his intention to veto it if it were to reach his desk.
Restricted Transgender Athletes From Competing
In the US, legislation in 21 states has restricted transgender athletes from competing in sports aligned with their biological gender.
In response to this evolving landscape, President Biden proposed a rule enabling schools to selectively exclude certain transgender athletes from specific teams while adhering to Title IX guidelines promoting gender equity in sports.
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Source: AP News