Olympic stars are leading a rebellion against British Cycling for trying to silence critics who question its transgender policy.
Sharron Davies and Daley Thompson have attacked cycling’s governing body for stifling the right of women to object to men competing in female events.
The free speech row erupted when British Cycling tweeted an updated version of its transgender policy last week and warned: ‘We take a zero-tolerance approach to instances of hate being targeted at individuals because of their views of genderidentity.’
Davies, who won a swimming silver at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, said: ‘It’s your job to look after female athletes as well as male ones.
Thompson, who won decathlon golds in 1980 and 1984, backed Davies on Twitter, saying: ‘Why are they prepared to alienate at least 50 per cent of their audience?’