Advantage Gone: International Rugby League Latest Sport To Ban Transgender Athletes

The league says more research is needed which could be as simple as checking their biological sex


(Washington Free Beacon) Rugby’s international governing body on Monday banned transgender athletes from competing, making it the latest sports body in recent weeks to restrict them from participating.

The International Rugby League, which sets the rules for the sport in matches around the world and oversees the Rugby League World Cup, said in a statement that male-to-female rugby players will not be permitted to play in sanctioned women’s matches before further research is conducted.


“It is the IRL’s responsibility to balance the individual’s right to participate … against perceived risk to other participants,” the league said.

The International Swimming Federation on Sunday announced it will also restrict transgender athletes from competing in women’s events, saying it will only permit individuals who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete as women.

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