The World Cup takes place from 15 October 2022 and 8 women’s teams will participate; The International Rugby Union said it would use the event to “collect data to inform future policy of transgender women’s inclusion by 2023.”
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The sport’s global governing body has announced that transgender athletes cannot compete in international women’s rugby matches, including this year’s World Cup.
In a statement, the International Rugby League (IRL) said it would use the year-end event to help develop a “transgender inclusion policy” for the future “taking into account the unique characteristics of rugby league”.
“Until further research is completed to allow the IRL to implement an official transgender inclusion policy, male-to-female (trans-female) players will not be able to compete in competitive matches,” the IRL said. international women’s rugby tournament sanctioned”.
“The IRL is continuing to work to review and update the rules governing transgender participation in the international women’s rugby tournament and will seek to use the upcoming World Cup to help develop a globally inclusive policy.” face.”
It comes after FINA, the world’s governing body for swimming, voted to bar transgender competitors from participating in the girls’ races if they’ve gone through part of the male puberty.
World Athletics President Lord Coe has also suggested athletics could pursue swimming in the banning transgender athletes from competing in elite competition.
The IRL said its decision was influenced by “several relevant developments in world sport”, including the International Olympic Committee’s conclusion that it was up to each sport to consider “what to do”. How an athlete can have a disproportionate advantage over their peers”.
The IRL statement continued: “In the interest of avoiding unnecessary welfare, legal and reputational risks to International Rugby League competitions and those competing therein, The IRL believes there is a requirement and responsibility to consult further and complete additional research before finalizing its policy.
“The IRL reaffirms its belief that rugby is a game for everyone and that anyone and everyone can play our sport.
“The IRL has a responsibility to balance individual participation – a longstanding principle of rugby union and its focus since the day it was founded – against risk to other participants and ensuring make sure all are given a fair hearing.
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“The IRL will continue to work towards developing a set of criteria, based on the best possible evidence, that equitably balances the individual’s right to play with the safety of all participants.
“To help achieve this, the IRL will seek to work with the eight finalists of the 2021 FIFA Women’s Rugby World Cup to collect data to inform future women’s inclusion policy. future in 2023, taking into account the idiosyncrasies of rugby league.”