Transgender athletes have been banned from participating in women’s sporting events by International Rugby League (IRL).
The extremely physical and close-contact sport of Rugby gives a significant advantage, on average, to biological males.
Accepting this biological reality as well as the inability of testosterone suppression to sufficiently mitigate the unfair advantage, the IRL announced the ban following a similar decision by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
A statement by the IRL explained, “In the interests of avoiding unnecessary welfare, legal and reputational risk to International Rugby League competitions, and those competing therein, the IRL believes there is a requirement and responsibility to further consult and complete additional research before finalising its policy.”
“The IRL reaffirms its belief that rugby league is a game for all and that anyone and everyone can play our sport,” it continued. “It is the IRL’s responsibility to balance the individual’s right to participate — a longstanding principle of rugby league and at its heart from the day it was established — against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure all are given a fair hearing.” READ MORE...
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