Ebanie Bridges slams proposals to allow trans athletes to fight against women boxers as IBF world champion claims her life ‘would be at risk’
- Bridges said transgender women should not be allow to fight biological women
- Some sports have banned trans women from competing against women
- Australian Sports Commission wants governing bodies to commit to inclusion
Ebanie Bridges has claimed lives could be at risk if transgender women were allowed to compete in combat sports against women.
The Blonde Bomber, the current IBF bantamweight world champion, explained she was not anti-transgender, but insisted trans women could not be allowed to fight against biological women.
‘Trans shouldn’t not be “included” in sport so give them their own divisions.
‘I will never agree to male born trans women competing In combat sports against woman… and if I get hated on for my opinion idc [I don’t care] because it’s my life at risk.’
Ebanie Bridges has spoken out against proposals to allow transgender women to combat against biological born women in combat sports
Bridges insisted allowing transgender women to compete in boxing could put lives at risk
In December, the WBC became the first of boxing’s major bodies to join other sports in considering introducing laws regarding transgender participation.
The WBC’s proposals, which remain largely hypothetical for now, included a specific category for transgender fighters.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told BBC Sport at the time that ‘safety is our priority’ when introducing transgender categories.
‘We decided to move with inclusion, any athlete who wishes to box will be able to take part in the sport they love, and we have put in place different actions for this,’ he said.
The debate over transgender athletes being allowed to compete against biologically born women has become increasingly prominent over the past 12 months.
While the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) guidelines urge an inclusion-first approach, a number of sporting bodies have implemented their own regulations.
World Rugby, World Athletics and FINA – world’s swimming organisation – have both implemented bans on transgender women who experienced male puberty.
In May, British Cycling banned transgender women from racing in the female category at all events to ‘safeguard the fairness of competition’. A month earlier, Basketball Australia blocked transgender player Lexi Rodgers’ application to join the Kilsyth Cobras women’s side in the WNBL1 South basketball league.
Bridges (left) retained her IBF belt against Shannon O’Connell in December last year
Basketball Australia blocked transgender player Lexi Rodgers’ application to join the Kilsyth Cobras women’s side in the WNBL1 South basketball league.
Last week, the Australian Sports Commission told sports governing bodies they must remain committed to ‘promote a spirit of inclusion’ in high-performance sports and that their policies should abide by Australian law.
‘In modern society […] there is a need for us to provide far more diverse and safe opportunities for people to compete and be involved in sport,’ Kieren Perkins, the CEO of the Australian Sports Commission, told the ABC.
‘Community sport is one area where obviously inclusion is unquestioned and absolutely needs to be open and safe for all.
‘But when you start moving into high performance sport, it does require a more nuanced conversation.’