Academics pen rebuttal to trans women in sport report - Fierce global debate raises complex issues of fairness vs inclusion

When it comes to the issue of inclusion and fairness in sport, the academic and scientific communities find themselves divided

 The peloton during the 9th Dwars door Vlaanderen 2021
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In the fierce global debate surrounding the inclusion of trans women in elite women's sport, fairness of competition and inclusion appear to be at diametric odds. It's no easy task for sports governing bodies to forge a path forward, especially when  the academic and scientific communities find themselves so divided.

The recent scientific literature review of transgender women athletes in elite sport by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), was met with rebuke by an incensed social media audience and academics alike. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.