UCI applies its criteria despite UK refusal

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Trans cyclist Emily Bridges won’t be able to compete this weekend in British National Omnium Championship. The decision of the national federation was for him to run with the other female participants. But who sets the international standards, FIA, sent a report to British Cycling in which he denied the 21-year-old’s participation. The unofficial explanation is that the records are still male. And the summary of it all is that the UK has warned of the need for agreement between all sporting organizations on trans athletes.

The situation has been slow to come after weeks where Lia Thomas made headlines for her success in the American pool. However, the freedom left by WRISTWATCH at the end of 2021 has been reflected in the conflict of interest between British Cycling and ICU. The national body, under its regulations, will allow Bridges to compete. UCI, hierarchically above and based on the man’s file, avoided him at the last minute. The only rule imposed by the International Olympic Committee, which to date has governed it, is that there is never a “disproportionate loss”.

That is why Britain has taken the most aggressive position among the great powers. In Spain, as EL ESPAÑOL explains, there are clashes between the Trans Laws promoted by Irene Montero and federation decisions in the disciplines they administer. In the United States, the case of Lia Thomas has led to many sports faces calling for her expulsion for what they consider to be sports abuse. The British Federation, looking at all these scenarios, have been the first to call for unity to tackle this problem.

Regarding Emily Bridges, the cyclist has not made any statements since her death became known. suspension towards the weekend. The official version of UCI is that until your male file expires, you will not be able to apply for a female file. It will exist when the requirements or requirements for achieving such recognition must be put on the table.

rude statement

British Cycling’s statement is by no means a disapproval of Emily Bridges. “We acknowledge UCI’s decision regarding Emily’s participation, however, We are fully aware of your disappointment with today’s decision“, they showed clear support for the trans cyclist, who came to compete in the men’s category while he was in the process of transitioning.

“Our sporting participants deserve more clarity and understanding about participation in elite competition and we will continue to work with UCI both in Emily’s case and in the wider situation on this matter,” they snapped in a statement calling for a meeting. .between all the actors in the sport to address the situation.

“We know that some of these conversations are taking place in different parts of the sporting world, but we want to encourage all sports governing bodiesathletes, the transgender community and non-binary athletes, governments and beyond to come together and find better answers”. For now, we will have to wait to see if that normative unity occurs. in sport continues to stir up controversy and speculation.

Most famous case

The ban on Emily Bridges is the first known in recent months. In addition, based on the fact that the UK organization did support its participation in the final decision of the FIA. However, recently more names have come to the fore for the transition and subsequent participation as a trans woman.

The one who opened the whole debate was Laurel Hubbard. The New Zealand weightlifter made it through, in a historic event, to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He did so in compliance with the rules for trans athletes approved by the IOC in 2015 and eliminated in 2021 following an appointment on Japanese soil. Hubbard received criticism and was awarded on many occasions as a guaranteed medal. Nonetheless, it was eventually eliminated without a valid lift.

After him, the most relevant trans athlete is Lia Thomas. The young college student broke records at the NCAA and had been standing out in the pool for months. There were those who blamed their participation on having a clear advantage over their rivals. But, as far as the rules are concerned, it complies with everything imposed by the national federation and the university itself.

Therefore, Emily Bridges was the first person to be banned from playing a sport permitted by the national federation. Going forward, at the request of the UK, there will be involvement of all sporting organizations to deal with the situation which has just begun.

[Más información – Nadadoras se oponen a competir contra la trans Lia Thomas: “¿Tenemos derecho a hablar?”]

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