Rugby league has taken up the running on one of the most contentious and disputatious issues in Sport and has temporarily banned transgender athletes ahead of the women’s world cup later this year even though none have been nominated to play
“it’s a physical and contact sport player safety and welfare is a paramount issue until we have further information on this very difficult issue that’s the decision that we’ve reached for this world cup” — TROY GRANT international rugby league chairman
the new restriction has been condemned by Caroline Late a transgender woman who played representative rugby union and league 15 years ago, she said:” it’s really disappointing it needs to be a
case by case not and it needs to be a new answer it needs to be backed by science.”
The ripple effect of swimming’s decision, yesterday is continuing the sports governing body fina ban transgender athletes from elite women’s swimming competitions if they’ve gone through male puberty now football’s governing body FIFA and world athletics both say they’ll review their policies on transgender athletes.
Lord Sebastian Coe who is the world athletics president also stated emphasized the fairness in sports and said that the young generations of girls can’t be doubting their future in sports. he said in the debate on inclusion and fairness, that fairness should be preferred.
the u.s soccer star and two-time world cup winner Megan Rapinoe has responded calling the exclusion of trans athletes cruel and disgusting
“We really need to take a step back and get a grip on what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at the risk,” she told Time magazine.
The call for perspective won’t stop the fresh announcements now that swimming has made it stand for years sports have put off making a decision about transgender athletes but the issue can no longer be swept under the carpet.