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It was recently announced that transgender athletes have been banned from participating in women’s sporting events by International Rugby League (IRL). The extremely physical and close-contact sport of Rugby gives a significant advantage, on average, to biological males.
Accepting this biological reality as well as the inability of testosterone suppression to sufficiently mitigate the unfair advantage, the IRL announced the ban following a similar decision by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
Outspoken leftist Megan Rapinoe pushed back against this new policy, arguing that she believes transgender athletes should be able to compete because it prevents suicide.
“I’m 100% supportive of trans inclusion,” Rapinoe said, who is widely known as a “woke” social justice activist.
“We’re missing almost everything. At the highest level, there is regulation,” she continued. “In collegiate sports, there is regulation. And at the Olympic and professional level. It’s not like it’s a free-for-all where everyone’s just doing whatever.”
“I think people also need to understand that sports is not the most important thing in life, right?” she added. “Life is the most important thing in life. And so much of this trans inclusion argument has been put through the extremely tiny lens of elite sports,” she continued. “We’re talking about kids. We’re talking about people’s lives.”
A statement by the IRL explained, “In the interests of avoiding unnecessary welfare, legal and reputational risk to International Rugby League competitions, and those competing therein, the IRL believes there is a requirement and responsibility to further consult and complete additional research before finalising its policy.”
“The IRL reaffirms its belief that rugby league is a game for all and that anyone and everyone can play our sport,” it continued. “It is the IRL’s responsibility to balance the individual’s right to participate — a longstanding principle of rugby league and at its heart from the day it was established — against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure all are given a fair hearing.”
Although the NCAA allowed biological males to dominate women’s sports, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is handling things differently. Lia Thomas and others were been banned from competing in women’s events on the world stage as FINA announced new standards regarding transgender swimmers.
The governing body of swimming voted for a new policy by an overwhelming 71.5 percent. The new policy dictates that transgender swimmers must “have completed their transition by age 12 to be able to compete.”
A spokesperson for FINA clarified that this policy does mean the group supports early childhood transitioning. James Pearce, the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, said, “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12.”
“It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair,” Pearce added. “They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and, hopefully, you wouldn’t be encouraged to,” he continued.
“Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage.” Thomas, who is 6’1″ biological male, won the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Championship in the 500-yard freestyle after switching from the men’s team to the women’s team. Thomas won’t have the opportunity to compete against women on the world stage.
British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies supported this new policy banning transgender athletes from women’s sports. Davies won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympic Games.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my sport @fina & @fina_president for doing the science, asking the athletes/coaches and standing up for fair sport for females. Swimming will always welcome everyone no matter how you identify but fairness is the cornerstone of sport https://t.co/1IaMkIFOkX
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) June 19, 2022
“Once a male has gone thru puberty there will always be a large retained performance advantage & bone structure. Why are we asking females to accept competing with a known disadvantage before we even start? Females are not men with less testosterone. Compete with your sex,” Davies said.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of my sport, FINA and the FINA president for doing the science, asking the athletes/coaches and standing up for fair sport for females. Swimming will always welcome everyone no matter how you identify but fairness is the cornerstone of sport,” she added.