Rugby Union Decision: Transgender Athletes Won’t be Able to Compete in Women’s Matches
Following the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the International Rugby Union also announced its decision on transgender athletes.
Announcing that they are working on a new policy and aiming to finalize it in 2023, the International Rugby Union (IRL) announced that until then, trans rugby players cannot compete with women in international competitions.
The institution underlined the necessity of balancing and fairness between the right of every athlete to participate in the competitions and the possible risks related to the participation of other participants in the matches.
FINA also banned trans athletes from competing in the ‘women’ category yesterday and promised to establish a working group to create an ‘open category’ for trans people.
In which category trans athletes should compete in competitions is a controversial issue. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced its decision on the issue, which is argued to create physical inequality.
Accordingly, FINA, which prohibits trans athletes from competing in the ‘women’ category, promised to establish a working group to create an ‘open category’ for trans people. Speaking at the organization’s extraordinary congress, President Hussein al-Musellem said, “We must protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we must also observe competitive justice in competitions, especially in the women’s category.”