The International Cycling Union (UCI), the world cycling governing body, announced Friday that it will bar biological males who transition after puberty from competing in the women’s division, the Associated Press reported.
Recent public outcry over transgender athlete Austin Killips, the first openly transgender athlete to win a U.S. race in the female division, prompted the cycling officials to review the transgender athlete policy and ban males from the woman’s division.
“From now on, female transgender athletes who have transitioned after (male) puberty will be prohibited from participating in women’s events on the UCI International Calendar — in all categories — in the various disciplines,” the international federation said in a statement, according to the AP.
The UCI stated that the ban, which will begin on Monday, was vital “to ensure equal opportunities.”
Officials in the governing bodies for track and field and swimming have also ended the ability of biological males who underwent puberty to compete in global events in the women’s divisions, according to the AP.
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