(Reuters) – British triathlon has banned transgender athletes from competing in the feminine category on the elite and grassroots ranges, as a substitute permitting them to take part in an “open” category alongside males, the governing physique mentioned on Wednesday.
The transfer follows the choice of swimming’s world governing physique FINA to prohibit the participation of transgender athletes in elite girls’s competitions.
“British Triathlon has reviewed its Transgender Policy… to be certain that it displays the wants of our sport, protects equity in competitors and serves our want to make triathlon really inclusive,” it mentioned in an announcement https://www.britishtriathlon.org/information/statement-from-british-triathlon-federation_17073.
It mentioned triathlon was a gender-affected sport and the new policy would see transgender athletes above the age of 12 characteristic in an open category “for all people together with male, transgender and people non-binary who had been male intercourse at delivery”.
A separate feminine category could be reserved “for many who are the feminine intercourse at delivery”. The pointers will come into impact from Jan. 1 subsequent 12 months.
“We began this course of on the finish of 2021 and went via a interval of impartial session… this ensured that together with the most recent analysis, we heard from our group, key teams and people,” mentioned British Triathlon.
World Athletics and FIFA are amongst numerous federations reviewing their pointers on the involvement of transgender athletes following FINA’s ruling, which is the strictest by any Olympic sports activities physique.
While FINA engaged main scientists on the taskforce which drew up its guidelines, advocates for transgender inclusion argue that not sufficient research have but been finished on the impression of transition on bodily efficiency.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; modifying by Clare Fallon)