British Rowing has confirmed that transgender women will not be allowed to compete in the women’s category at its events.

The policy change comes after “extensive and ongoing research and consultation,” the governing body announced.

Instead, trans and non-binary rowers will have the option of competing in an ‘open’ category at competitive events.

Organisers will also be able to offer a mixed category, so long as half of the crew meet the women’s category guidelines.

“British Rowing is committed to promoting an environment in which rowing is accessible and inclusive and to ensuring that we provide opportunities and enjoyment for everyone,” said a statement from the governing body.

“In order to achieve this in a fair manner, we need to establish conditions for competition that guarantee fair and meaningful competition by placing necessary and proportionate restrictions on eligibility.”

Trans women were previously allowed to compete in female events if their testosterone level remained below a certain level for at least two years.

In March, World Rowing changed its policy to reduce the allowable testosterone level – though trans women are still permitted to compete in the female category.

British Rowing’s new guidelines put it in line with other governing bodies such as British Cycling, Fina and World Athletics, all of which have implemented restrictions on trans athletes.