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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Commissaire who disqualified Sagan from Tour calls for video judges in cycling; Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy; Lotto-Soudal chasing success after winless Tour de France; Bookwalter chasing home-soil success in Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Jungels back in action at Tour de Pologne; Movistar extends with Arcas, Oliveira and Pedrero; Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling; Following the 2017 Transcontinental ultra-endurance race; Mark Cavendish Launches The Amstel Cold Tub Pub
Following the news of USA Cycling‘s new policy on transgender athletes, Cycling Australia told CyclingTips that they, too, are in the process of adopting a new policy for transgender athletes at both the club and professional levels.
Ever since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released its revised guidelines on transgender athletes in January 2016, sports governing bodies everywhere have been grappling with the balance of fair play and the sanctity of their sport.
The IOC guidelines were updated to allow biological women to compete as men without restriction, while biological men are eligible to compete as women without first undergoing a sex reassignment surgery upon meeting some strict rules set around testosterone levels.
Where the current language surrounding transgender athletes lends itself to potential misinterpretation, Cycling Australia’s Kipp Kaufmann told CyclingTips that they’ve been working with Pride in Sport and the IOC to ensure that the new policy is clear and protects both the athletes and the sanctity of fair play.
“For some time, we have had a member protection policy –which is put forward by the Australian Sports Commission –but it’s a wide ranging statement that is a bit unclear. We have been doing some work with the Pride in Sport, which in an index that looks at inclusivity in the sport, and as part of that, we are making some changes and one of that is in regards to transgender athletes,” said Kaufmann.
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