‘Men who transition to women could be allowed to compete in female-only sporting events under new guidelines being drawn up by a powerful Whitehall quango.
Documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal that Sport England has offered up to £25,000 to consultants to rewrite the competition rules for elite-level sport to take account of transgender issues.
The project is being overseen by an LGBT activist who has promoted claims that women raising concerns about trans policies are ‘hate groups’.
The changes are likely to fuel concerns among sportswomen and feminist campaigners that male-bodied competitors will be allowed to dominate women’s sports.
Allowing male-born trans women to compete in female sports is increasingly controversial and has led leading figures including Olympians Sharron Davies and Daley Thompson to raise concerns about the possible unfairness of making women compete against larger, stronger trans women.
In sports such as rugby, there are also concerns that letting trans women compete in female games could raise safety risks.
Despite those concerns, Sport England is pushing ahead with efforts to pressure sports clubs over trans inclusion. The powerful quango helps control financial support for many grassroots clubs and sporting bodies.’