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International Rugby League follows FINA’s lead, restricts transgender participation

Transgender players banned from playing in international women’s rugby matches. IRL to conduct further research toward inclusion policy.

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The International Rugby League (IRL) has banned transgender players from participating in international women’s matches.
The IRL’s move comes just days after FINA, the regulatory body for swimming, restricted transgender participation in elite women’s events.
IRL stated it had considered “relevant developments in world sport” and decided to ban transgender athletes as it completed its research on its inclusion policy.
The ban will also apply to the league’s World Cup, which is scheduled for October.
An IRL statement reads, “The IRL will continue to work towards developing a set of criteria, based on best possible evidence, which fairly balance the individual’s right to play with the safety of all participants.”

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