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Transgender women will be excluded from sanctioned matches in the women’s international rugby league ‘until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy’, the League has said Rugby International (IRL) in a press release.
The IRL’s statement on transgender participation came after FINA, the international governing body for elite swimming, said it would only allow swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 years to participate in women’s events. FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new policies.
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The IRL cited the International Olympic Committee’s 2021 publication “Framework on Equity, Non-Discrimination and Inclusion on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sexual Variation” in its decision-making.
“The IOC has concluded that it is up to each sport and its governing body to determine how an athlete can have a disproportionate advantage over their peers – taking into account the different nature of each sport,” the league said.
“In order to avoid unnecessary welfare, legal and reputational risks to International Rugby League competitions and those who participate in them, the IRL believes it is necessary and responsible to consult further and to conduct further research before finalizing its policy.”
The IRL said it would continue to work to develop a fair policy for all.
“To achieve this, the IRL will seek to work with the eight finalists of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 to obtain data to inform a future trans-women inclusion policy in 2023, which takes into consideration the unique characteristics of rugby league,” the IRL said. .
FINA FACES NEW ‘GENDER INCLUSION POLICY’ FOR TRANSGENDER SWIMMERS
FINA’s announcement fell on Sunday.
There was also a proposal for a new “open competition policy”. The organization said it was setting up “a new task force that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to implement this new category.”
In the 24-page policy released Sunday, FINA said transgender women and athletes whose legal sex and/or gender identity is female may participate in FINA-sanctioned events if “they can establish at FINA’s comfortable satisfaction that they experienced no part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.”
The athlete must produce evidence that he has “complete androgen insensitivity and therefore cannot experience male puberty” or “that he is androgen sensitive but male puberty has been suppressed from Tanner stage 2 or before the age of 12, whichever is later, and has since continuously maintained their serum (or plasma) testosterone levels below 2.5 nmol/L”, or “a deviation deviation from the requirement of less than 2.5 nmol/L may result in retrospective disqualification of results and/or a period of prospective ineligibility, or » intentional deviation from the requirement of less than 2.5 nmol/L may result in retrospective disqualification of results and a period of prospective Ineligibility equal to or proportional to the length of the periods imposed under FINA RDC for intentional anti-doping rule violations involving anabolic steroids.”
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Transgender athletes who do not meet the eligibility criteria can participate in “any open event” that the organization may develop in the future.