2022 Cyclo-cross Worlds organisers fear boycott over Arkansas anti-transgender bill

Athletes compete during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 2020
Athletes compete during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill that would ban transgendered women and girls from school sports teams consistent with their gender identity, the race director of the 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Brook Watts, issued a public statement decrying the law and appealed to fans not to boycott the events.

"The decision made by Gov Hutchinson to sign SB-354, a bill that bans transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity is discriminatory and hateful," Watts wrote in an open letter.

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