The national governing body for athletics in Scotland, Scottish Athletics, announced it would introduce a non-binary gender category for athletes from April.
Non-binary people feel their gender identity does not fall into the traditional female or male categories.
Scottish Trans Alliance responded to the announcement: “Fabulous news from Scottish Athletics that all of their championship events will now include a non-binary entry category.”
The move follows discussions between the governing body, athletes and event organisers and will run as a pilot with the Scottish 5K Championships at Silverknowes becoming one of the first events with a non-binary category
“The scottishathletics policy on non-binary athletes competing within Scottish national championship events is lodged on our equality pages,” a statement from Scottish Athletics said.
“Timetabling for non-binary competitors will be looked at on a case by case basis, and individually reviewed per event/discipline.”
Support and advice on best practice is to be made available to all event organisers new to hosting events with a non-binary category.