UCI statement on transgender Men-Women athlete's eligibility

Oct 19, 2018, 10:22 AM

The Union Cycliste Internationale has taken note of the discussions over the last few days concerning the eligibility of transgender Men-Women (M-W) to race against women.

The debate comes after the victory of the Canadian transgender athlete Rachel McKinnon in a women’s event at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles (USA).

Although there are no queries concerning Women-Men (W-M) transgender athletes, whose situation – at UCI level as for all International Federations (IF) – is controlled by therapeutic use exemptions (TUE), the current situation concerns M-W transgenders.

After some 18 months of substantial work, and after consultation with the IFs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should shortly announce guidelines covering the participation of M-W transgender athletes. This document should enable us to take into consideration, in line with the evolution of our society, the desire of these people to compete while at the same time guarantee as far as possible an equal chance for all participants in women’s competitions.

The UCI will adapt its regulations according to the guidelines of the IOC.