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Boris Johnson said that “biological men should not compete in women’s sports.”

Speaking to broadcasters during a visit to the hospital on Wednesday, the prime minister said: “I don’t think biological men should take part in women’s sporting events. This may seem controversial, but it makes sense to me. ”

He continued: “I also think that women should have places – whether in hospitals, prisons, locker rooms or anywhere else – dedicated to them.

“This is not to say that I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people who want to change gender, to transition, and it’s very important that we give people as much love and support as possible to make these decisions. »

The Prime Minister’s comments followed Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges was banned from the UK National Open last week after the sport’s governing body decided she was ineligible.

Bridges, 21, who was due to compete in women’s competition for the first time, set a national junior record in the 25 miles in 2018 and began hormone therapy last year to lower his testosterone levels.

British Cycling’s transgender rules require riders to have testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter for 12 months prior to competition.

But British Cycling said it was told by the UCI, cycling’s governing body, that Bridges was ineligible to compete under its current rules.

“We have had close discussions with the UCI regarding Emily’s participation this weekend and have also been working closely with Emily and her family regarding her transition and participation in elite competition,” British Cycling said in a statement.

It was also reported this week that Blair Hamilton, who was born male but identifies as female and currently plays for the Hastings United women’s football team, has been called up to represent the England women’s university team.

The 32-year-old PhD student at the University of Brighton, who is also principal investigator for the Tavistock Study of Transgender Athletes, shared her excitement about her choice on social media. “Though they buzz about it,” she said.

Hastings United Women tweeted: “U’s are delighted to announce that Blair Hamilton has been selected to the England Women’s Universities Sports Team. »

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