Lo inclusive' women's sport of the male born is currently the subject of a heated debate in British mediaalso in view of the upcoming national elections (May 2022).
They had already done the scandalous victories of Lia Thomas in Americabut the prospect of a similar case in Great Britain raised the attention of the athletes and all the women, and also forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to pronounce on the subject.
In this case it was effective protest of the athletes, expressed in a letter to the International Cycling Union, for blocking the unfair participation of a male body to their competitions.
The initiative is similar to that undertaken last year by Italian women athletes jokes from Valentina born Fabrizio Petrillo (see here). The difference is that the Italian authorities have not yet responded.
Boris Johnsonthe British Prime Minister, said last night who does not believe that "transgender women" (biologically born males) should compete in women's sporting events.
Johnson, who was talking about a number of issues including the British government's approach to the blocking so-called conversion therapystated that athletes born male should not compete in women's sportsand that the women should have spaces dedicated only to them in hospitals, prisons or locker rooms.
I comments of Johnson arrive following a letter signed by a group of female cyclists - including Olympic champions, scientists and researchers - who ask the UCI, the world governing body of cycling, of change the rules regarding the participation of transgender athletes.
La letter -also signed by Sara Symington, Head of Olympic and Paralympic Programmes at British Cycling.- states that the current rules on the so-called inclusion of transgender athletes are asymmetrical e discriminatory and that the UCI should be able to apply eligibility criteria for women "on the basis of female biological characteristics"..
La issue of transgender athletes has recently concentrated on the case of the transgender cyclist Emily Bridgeswhich has been declared by the UCI lacking the necessary requirements to compete in her first women's cycling race elite. Bridges stated being transgender in October 2020, starting to take female hormones in 2021. She was allowed to join women's sporting events by the British Cycling afterwards to the lowering of his testosterone levels.
Introduction by Maria Celeste.
Translations by Angela Tacchini.