The rugby league has ruled on transgender athletes, banning them from competing in this weekend’s test matches and the upcoming Women’s World Cup, which will be held simultaneously at the men’s event in October. November in England.
On Sunday, the world’s governing body for swimming, FINA, voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions. A working group will be set up to establish an “open” category for transgender athletes at some events.
The International Rugby League made the decision on male to female players ahead of this weekend’s representative round, a decision that will be maintained “until further investigation into the matter is completed.”
“The IRL continues to work to review and update the rules on transgender participation in the international women’s rugby league and will try to use the next World Cup to help develop a comprehensive policy of inclusion,” the governing body wrote. in a letter to its member countries.
“Until further investigation is completed to allow the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy, transwomen will not be able to play in sanctioned international women’s rugby league matches.
FIFA and World Athletics, the governing body of world football, are also reviewing their transgender eligibility policies after swimming approved new rules restricting transgender participation in women’s events.
Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, said his organization’s board will discuss transgender regulations later this year.
Coe praised FINA’s decision, which has been criticized by trans rights advocates.
“We see an international federation asserting its primacy in setting rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interests of its sport,” he told the BBC.
A FIFA spokesman said he had also begun a consultation process on a new policy.
“FIFA is reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with expert stakeholders,” the spokesman said.