A transgender cyclist will not participate in the National Omnium Championships

Emily Bridges, a 21-year-old transgender cyclist, will not compete in the National Omnium Championships against other women, including five-time Olympic champion Dame Laura Kenny, British Cycling announced on Wednesday.

“Under British Cycling’s Transgender and Non-Binary Participation policy, Emily Bridges was due to compete in the British Omnium National Championships on Saturday April 2,” British Cycling said in a March 30 statement.

“We have now been advised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) that under their current guidelines, Emily is not eligible to compete in this event,” he continued.

The organization added that it understood Bridges’ “disappointment” with the decision, adding that “transgender and non-binary inclusion is more important than a race and an athlete – it’s a challenge for all sports elite.”

“We believe that all participants in our sport deserve more clarity and understanding regarding participation in elite competition and we will continue to work with the UCI on both Emily’s case and the wider situation regarding this problem,” he continued, though he added that the “concept of fairness is key.”

“For this reason, British Cycling is today calling for a coalition to share, learn and better understand how we can achieve fairness in a way that upholds the dignity and respect of all athletes.” he declares.

Bridges, a biological male, started hormone therapy last year and was apparently “eligible to compete in the women’s events due to declining testosterone levels”, according to the BBC.

Notably, on Wednesday, British Cycling still listed Bridges as male.

Her near derby appearance follows transgender athlete Lia Thomas, a biological man, who replaced female athletes at the NCAA championships, even winning the 500-meter freestyle:

This prompted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) to declare Olympic silver medalist and Florida native Emma Weyant the real winner:

The transgender debate continues to make waves across the country, becoming a central debate ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

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