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FIFA are among the sporting bodies reviewing their policy on trans players amid row over inclusion

FIFA is among sports organizations to revise its policies on trans players amid row over the inclusion of transgender athletes… after rugby league and swimming leaders took tough stances on female competitions

  • The ongoing feud over transgender inclusion is dividing sport worldwide
  • FIFA is among those currently reviewing their policies on trans players
  • World Athletics will re-examine transgender guidelines by year’s end
  • International Rugby League banned trans players of internationals for women
  • FINA has decided to prevent trans athletes from competing in elite women’s races

The feud over the inclusion of transgender people is driving sports globally with FIFA among those revising their policies on trans players.

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women’s internationals while further investigations are underway. That followed the decision by FINA, the world governing body of swimming, to stop trans athletes from competing in elite women’s races after they’ve gone through part of male puberty.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that FIFA had drafted radical rules that would allow footballers to compete as their self-identified gender, meaning trans women can participate in female football regardless of their testosterone levels. This was welcomed by human rights experts, but criticized by sports scientists who believe it would jeopardize justice.

However, just days later, it is thought that FIFA could instead align with FINA’s stance. Football’s governing body told Sportsmail they are still discussing their gender eligibility regulations and are receiving guidance from many stakeholders – medical, legal, scientific/performance and human rights – as well as the IOC’s Fairness, Inclusion Framework and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations’.

The mention of the Deliberate Olympic Committee is telling, as the IOC said last year that it should not be assumed that a trans athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events. The IOC decided to leave it to individual sports to issue their own eligibility criteria.

The brawl over the inclusion of transgender people is dividing sport around the world, with FIFA overhauling its policies on trans players among others

The brawl over the inclusion of transgender people is dividing sport around the world, with FIFA overhauling its policies on trans players among others

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women's internationals while further investigations are underway

It was announced on Tuesday that the International Rugby League had banned trans players from participating in women’s internationals while further investigations are underway

Seb Coe strongly believes that 'biology trumps gender' and World Athletics will review their transgender guidelines at the end of the year

Seb Coe strongly believes that ‘biology trumps gender’ and World Athletics will review their transgender guidelines at the end of the year

Last week, the UCI cycling governing body announced stricter eligibility rules for trans women, halving the allowable testosterone limit and doubling the transition time to two years.

Lord Coe, the president of World Athletics, has also confirmed that they are re-examining their approach, saying that ‘biology’ should be prioritized over ‘gender’. The International Tennis Federation and International Boxing Association both told Sportsmail that they are considering their rules.

The FA, which is also conducting an assessment, has commissioned the charity Gendered Intelligence to help them develop guidance, adding: ‘We are passionate about making sure football is for everyone.’

FINA (pictured by President Husain Al Musallam) has voted that trans women who 've experienced part of male puberty' will no longer be able to participate in female events

FINA (pictured by President Husain Al Musallam) has voted that trans women who ‘ve experienced part of male puberty’ will no longer be able to participate in female events

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