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by Neal Rogers
July 20, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Tour de France stage victory in Alps, Aru loses GC time; Kittel forced to abandon Tour de France after crash, cedes green jersey to Matthews; David Lappartient makes radical pitch for Brian Cookson’s UCI presidency; After postponed awakening from coma, Claudia Cretti shows first signs of awareness; UCI, transgender athlete settle human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments; Cascade Cycling Classic issues statement after criticism of UCI women’s prize purse; Photo of Pawel Poljanski’s bulging veins reaches mainstream media; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 17 highlights; Video: ‘How cool is that?’ Michael Matthews gets police escort to team hotel after Stage 16 victory.
Canadian athlete and transgender advocate Kristen Worley has settled her human rights application with Cycling Canada, the Ontario Cycling Association, and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Worley sought changes to the policies, guidelines, rules and processes in regards to gender verification, XY female athletes, and therapeutic use of required hormones that are captured by anti-doping regulations.
As a result of the settlement, Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association are reviewing and revising their policies to embrace human rights and are embarking on a program of awareness and education related to diversity and inclusion of all participants.
“Today, I am satisfied that the sport of cycling in Canada and internationally have committed to help advocate for issues facing XY female athletes,” said Worley in a statement. “My vision encourages sport and the Olympic Movement to do what it is supposed to do best: harmonizing and celebrating through sport the magic and enormity of our human diversity.”
For over a decade, Worley has been a leader in her efforts to raise awareness and education in human rights in Canadian and international sport, challenging sports governing bodies define and verify gender. She’s involved in an ongoing court battle with the International Olympic Committee about hormone regulations for transgender athletes, which she claims, forces transgender athletes to suppress their testosterone levels to a point that endangers their health.
In a statement, the UCI praised the settlement and stated it will support an advocacy initiative to encourage sport’s governing bodies, at the highest level, to adopt policies and guidelines that are based in objective scientific research and responsive to the individualized needs of XY female athletes.
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