FIFA with Infantino at the helm will join other sports federations in reviewing its rules for transgender footballers, a spokesman for world soccer’s governing body confirmed on Tuesday. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the International Rugby League (IRL) decided in recent days to exclude trans athletes from women’s events, and World Athletics could also follow in their footsteps, according to its president, Sebastian Coe.

On the other hand, sources of FIFA they noted that the body “is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with experts.” “Therefore, the FIFA takes into consideration many stakeholders (medical, legal, scientific/performance and human rights), as well as the November 2021 IOC Framework on Equity, Inclusion and Non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual variation », confirmed the FIFA spokesman.

FIFA will study “case by case”, taking into account the “clear commitment” of the Federation led by Gianni Infantino “with respect for human rights”, as confirmed by a FIFA official to the German news agency DPA.

This morning, the IRL announced that transgender players would not be allowed to play in Women’s League matches “until further investigations are completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy.”

Last week, the UCI tightened its transgender rules on lower testosterone levels and FINA announced this Sunday that it would ban all transgender women who have experienced any stage of male puberty from competing in women’s events, and is planning an open category. for athletes whose gender is different from birth.

Finally, from World Athletics they insisted that they will meet this year to discuss this issue. Under their current rules, trans athletes need low levels of testosterone in certain tests. “We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations accordingly. We will follow science,” Coe told the BBC in support of FINA’s decision.

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