Rugby league sports on Tuesday joined the swim by banning transgender athletes from international competitions as world athletics said they were also considering changing the rules.
Rugby league officials said transgender athletes “cannot play” in international matches while discussing and investigating to finalize the new policy for 2023.
They quoted “welfare, legal and reputational risks” to games and players in making decisions.
The 13-sided game governor acted the day after international swimming effectively banned transgender athletes from women’s races and instead put them in a new “open category.”
World athletics has hinted at a stricter policy for transgender athletes to participate in women’s events, and President Sebastian Coe said fairness is more important than participation.
After the International Olympic Committee published its guidelines last year, Sports has created new rules for participation and is calling on the Federation to create its own “sports-specific” rules.
This issue ignited a fierce debate between those fighting for the right of transgender athletes to compete freely as women and those who claim they enjoy unfair physiological benefits. ..
The announcement of the International Rugby League means that transgender athletes will be banned from this year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup in the United Kingdom in November.
“IRL reaffirms the belief that rugby league is a game for everyone and everyone can play our sport,” he said in a statement.
However, he said the sport needs to balance the rights of each player to participate with the perceived risks to other players and “ensure fair hearings for all players.” rice field.
-‘In the gutter’-
The rugby league governing body said it would work with eight countries participating in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup for “the future inclusion policy of trans women in 2023”, taking into account the “unique characteristics” of the rugby league. ..
FINA, the governing body of swimming, has decided to exclude transgender swimmers from women’s races after establishing a Legal, Medical and Athletes Commission to consider this issue.
FINA has determined that male-to-female transgender athletes can only participate in women’s races if they have never experienced male puberty.
FINA said the medical committee found that men gained pubertal benefits, including organ and bone size, that were not lost by hormone suppression.
Caroline Late, a former transgender rugby player from New South Wales, responded angry to the previous day’s swimming decision and tweeted that she “discriminates against minority groups who already have rights in the gutter.”
World Athletics Chairman Sebastian Coe hinted on Monday that athletics could follow swimming by introducing stricter policies for transgender athletes in women’s competitions.
“My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sports and we take it very seriously. If that means we need to adjust the protocol in the future, we We will do so, “said Kor, who attended the FINA World Championships in Budapest on Sunday. ..
“I’m always clear. When I’m cornered to the point of judging fairness or inclusiveness, I’m always on the side of fairness.”
World Athletics rules require transgender women to show low testosterone levels for at least 12 months before competition.
UCI, the governing body of cycling, has also strengthened its transgender eligibility rules by doubling the time it takes for riders transitioning from male to female to compete.