In a decision recently announced by British Rowing, “transgender-identifying women” will no longer be allowed to compete in the women’s category of their events.
This policy applies at all levels, including the Olympics and Paralympics, and is due to come into effect later this year.
Any athletes who are eligible for competition can enter an “Open” category while competitions can stage “Mixed” events with 50% of crew eligible to compete as women.
CNN reported: “Only athletes “assigned female at birth” will be allowed to compete in the women’s category in competitions under its jurisdiction, or be selected to represent Great Britain or England at international events”, British Rowing said in a media release published Thursday.
This is a huge win for female athletes and will foster an environment where all female athletes can compete on a level playing field.
This policy provides protection for women, like activist Riley Gaines, who have had scholarships and metals ripped away from them by transgender athletes that have a clear biological advantage over them.
This move also sends a strong message about protecting the rights and autonomy of female athletes across all sports; one which should be applauded.
Well done, ladies. You did it.