EGLE, Switzerland. On Thursday, cycling’s governing body updated its eligibility rules for transgender athletes to include stricter restrictions that will force riders to wait longer before they can compete.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has extended the transition period for low testosterone to two years and lowered the maximum allowable testosterone level.
The previous transition period was 12 months, but the International Cycling Union (UCI) has stated that recent scientific studies indicate that the “expected adaptation of muscle mass and muscle strength/strength” in athletes who make the transition from male to female takes at least two years. .
“Given the important role of muscle strength and power in cycling, the UCI has decided to extend the low testosterone transition period from 12 months to 24 months,” the governing body said after the board meeting.
The UCI has also reduced the maximum testosterone level allowed for transgender athletes to 2.5 nanomoles (nmol) per liter from the current five.
“This value corresponds to the maximum testosterone level found in 99.99% of the female population,” the report says.
He added that the adjustment “is designed to promote the inclusion of transgender athletes in competitive sports while maintaining fairness, equal opportunity and safety in competition.”
The rule will come into effect on July 1.
Last November, the International Olympic Committee updated its own guidelines for admitting transgender people, but left individual sports organizations free to make their own rules.
At the time, the IOC stated that “athletes should be allowed to compete, but unfair advantage should be regulated.”
Critics of the transgender athlete policy argue that women who experience male puberty retain some physical advantages.
World swimming organization FINA is due to release its policy on transgender athletes on Sunday.