MADRID, June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The International Rugby League (IRL) on Monday banned transgender players from playing international women’s matches, saying it will “try to use the upcoming World Cup to help develop a comprehensive inclusion policy”.
“Until the investigation is complete to allow the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy, male-to-female players will not be permitted to play in international women’s rugby matches,” the International Rugby League said in a statement on its website.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated in November 2021 within the framework of equity, non-discrimination and inclusion based on gender identity and sexual variations that it is the responsibility of each sport and its governing body to determine which path an athlete can take disproportionate advantage compared to their peers, considering the different nature of each sport, the IRL has explained.
For the IRL “there is a need and responsibility to investigate further and undertake additional research before finalizing its policy”.
On the other hand, the IRL has ensured that rugby “is a game for everyone and everyone can play the sport”.
“IRL will continue to work to develop best evidence based criteria that fairly balance individuals’ right to gamble safely for all participants,” added IRL.
For example, the IRL League has decided that it intends to work with the eight finalists of the 2021 Rugby Women’s World Cup to collect data with a view to “creating a future inclusion policy for trans women in 2023 that takes into account the unique characteristics of rugby.” league.