Transgender Inclusion, Fairness and Safety Cannot Co-exist in Many Sports: UK Review

British sport governing bodies will have to choose either transgender inclusion or fairness and safety as their priorities because they often cannot co-exist in a single competitive model, new guidance said. The Sports Councils’ Equality Group (SCEG), which consists of relevant officers from all five Sports Councils across the UK—Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales, and UK Sport—published new guidance for transgender inclusion in domestic sport (pdf) on Thursday. The guidance is an update of the existing guidance from 2013 which is now considered “out of date and no longer fit for purpose,” the CEOs said. Following an 18-month consultation and a review of current research, the SCEG concluded that there is no single solution that can reconcile the inclusion of transgender athletes and maintaining fairness—and in many cases, safety—in sports. The SCEG said national governing bodies (NGBs) and Scottish governing bodies (SGBs) should choose the priorities for their sport—be …

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