Team GB athletics star Katie Archibald has criticized the International Olympic Committee’s transgender policies and believes they have failed female cyclists and trans athletes.
Archibald won gold in Tokyo and said the policy lets down female athletes by downplaying biology, but also leaves trans athletes, like Emily Bridges, facing intense scrutiny from media, fans and fellow competitors .
In a statement later shared by Laura Kenny as well, Archibald said: “It is my opinion that the international governing bodies of several sports have failed transgender athletes, particularly transgender women, with their policies of inclusion.
“These policies have placed athletes, their involvement in sport and their personal lives under intense scrutiny when all athletes have done is follow the rules and enter a category they have been encouraged to enter. .
“I feel disappointed with the International Olympic Committee telling me that there should be no supposed benefit to an athlete with a gender identity other than their sex. I have read this and heard that my titles worlds, my olympic medals and the champions jerseys i have at home, were all won in a category of people who just don’t try as hard as men. This loss to male androgenization n It’s not a question of biology, but of state of mind. They are wrong.
“The retained advantage of people who have gone through male puberty in terms of strength, endurance and physique, with or without testosterone suppression, has been well documented.
“Cycling’s world governing body, by its own president’s own admission, knows this. But they chose to delay action until it unfortunately became personal for a rider. It wasn’t fair. “
— Lady Laura Kenny (@LauraKenny31) April 22, 2022