Olympic medallists from Games past Daley Thompson and Sharron Davies have criticised British Cycling's transgender athlete policy during an empassioned debate sparked by the governing body sharing its "zero-tolerance" to hate message on social media.
Thompson, who won decathlon gold in 1980 and 1984, was responding to British Cycling tweeting an updated version of its transgender policy, in which it stated: "We take a zero-tolerance approach to instances of hate being targeted at individuals because of their views of gender identity."
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British Cycling's policy states that members should "accept all participants in the gender they present" and that anyone breaching the guidelines, which includes "stigmatisation or discrimination" against a competitor, will face "appropriate action".
The two-time Olympic gold medallist asked why the policy was "prepared to alienate at least 50 per cent of their audience?"
"More importantly why would they do it so easily. Whose interests are they really looking after?" Thompson tweeted.
Davies, who won silver in swimming at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, went further, accusing the governing body of not looking after its female athletes.
"It's your job to look after female athletes as well as male ones," she said. "The very least you could do is listen and work with the actual science. I will remind and remind you of your position in years to come."
In May, British Cycling announced it would be conducting a five-week consultation into its transgender and non-binary policy.
The policy was first published in October 2020 and received backing from former professional cyclist Philippa York.
Should be replaced by the Welsh dragon (y ddraig goch) IMHO anyway. Let England have their St George's cross and sing Jerusalem instead of GSTK....
I imagine that it would be significantly more effective, unless there are police there everyday between 10am and 4pm.
Adam, you'll see that most posts on here are understanding of the trans dilemma, and sympathetic?...
Another one who deliberately misuses the term. Looking for trouble. Yeah because in London you have to stake out a road all day to find one offence.
Ticks a box, doesn't it?...
Or even race in the women's races in a separate category with seperate points and medals. Perhaps in return BC could sponsor and also ask all...
Normally I don't have a small enough violin for them but in this case I guess it's possible that their office / secretary / intern submitted this...
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