International Rugby League bans transgender women as it looks to create an inclusive policy after FINA ruling

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ABC Sport

The International Rugby League (IRL) has banned transgender women from matches, as numerous sports review their policies after FINA’s decision on swimming was announced on Monday.

Swimming’s world governing body voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions and move towards having an “open” category in some events as part of its new policy.

FINA’s new rules say transgender women are eligible to compete in women’s competitions only if “they can establish to FINA’s comfortable satisfaction that they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 [of puberty] or before age 12, whichever is later”.

World Athletics and FIFA said they would review the rules in their sports,…

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