Biological males who want to participate in women’s sports will notice that the door has closed on another sport.
Tuesday was the official announcement by the International Rugby League:
Male-to-female (transwomen) players are unable to play in sanctioned women’s International Rugby League matches.
But it’s not necessarily the final word. The rule remains “until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy.”
The association will “review and update rules concerning transgender participation at women’s International Rugby League.”
The study’s conclusion was based on “several relevant developments in world sports”.
The IOC released its November 2021 Framework to Promote Fairness, Non-Discrimination, and Inclusion on the Basis of Gender Identity.
The IOC determined that the governing bodies of each sport and each sport were able to determine how an athlete could be at a disadvantage relative to their peers. This was done taking into consideration the unique nature of each sport.
Depending on the organization’s view of it, everyone is responsible for further inspection.
The IRL believes it is important and responsible to consult further in order to avoid unnecessary welfare and legal risks to International Rugby League competitions.
The IRL is responsible for balancing individual rights to play, which has been an integral part of the Rugby League’s history. It must also consider the risk that other participants may experience.
This balance is not a strength in rugby. It is also not well-known for its cuddles. It’s possible for male dominance to become quite ugly in rugby.
It is hard to decide between broken bones and hurt feelings. I am now open to personal lawsuits by male players who have done me harm. ”
Another ref stated, “If you even ask the question, then you will be told you are a racist.”
Sharron Davy, an ex-Olympic athlete, also contributed:
“My daughter Grace was told at the age of 11 that she could no longer play with the boys because it was no longer safe. How can they have that rule in place and…say it is perfectly okay for a transgender woman who is a biological man to play with the girls, but girls who are girls are not allowed to play with the boys because it is dangerous?”
This decision by the IRL follows a significant one made by the International Swimming Federation.
From NBC News Sunday
Sunday’s women’s events were banned by the World Swimming governing body.
FINA members voted 71% for the new “gender-inclusive” policy, which allows only female swimmers to compete in male-to-female competitions at the extraordinary general congress.
According to the IRL, it will work alongside the eight Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2021 finalists to collect data to develop a transwomen inclusion strategy for 2023 that takes account of the unique characteristics and strengths of rugby league.
Transgenderism has been a topic of debate in athletics for many years.
It’s not a mistake to say that everyone is Team Rugby. There are other sports that might be more welcoming of cisgenderism.
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— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) June 20, 2022