Women’s international rugby league bans transgender athletes
(Sports news) The rugby league’s governing body has banned transgender players from women’s internationals while it does further research on it’s inclusion policy. The move comes after Fina banned transgender women from competing in women’s elite races if they have gone through male puberty. Moreover, World Athletics president Lord Coe has also hinted that they could also follow suit and adopt a new eligibility policy to ensure that every athlete is competing in a level playing field.
The International Rugby League said that “recent developments in world sport” has led to their conclusion to ban "male-to-female (transwomen) players" until a final inclusion policy is framed after due research. A statement released by the organisation said “It is the IRL's responsibility to balance the individual's right to participate - a long-standing 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. The IRL will continue to work towards developing a set of criteria, based on best possible evidence, which fairly balances the individual's right to play with the safety of all participants.”
Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia criticised the move by saying “Blanket bans on women who are trans playing against other women risks violating international human rights principles of non-discrimination, which require such policies to start from a place of inclusion. Fina (swimming's world governing body) failed to meet that standard, and the rugby league's ban also fails to do so, despite it being temporary." Many sports have begun reconsidering their inclusion policies after the International Olympic Committee said that participation policies governing transgender athletes should be determined by each sport - depending on its particular characteristics.
India to compete in Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship
Mumbai, Sept 14 (Rugby news) The Indian junior girls rugby team left for Uzbekistan on Tuesday to participate in the Asia U-18 sevens championship, scheduled to be held in Tashkent on September 18 and 19.
The team comprises 14 players and five officials, including coaches, physio and manager.
A total of five countries from across Asia including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and the hosts Uzbekistan will vie for top honours at the championship.
A total of 52 girls from 13 States/UTs across India were short-listed based on their performance at last sub-junior national championships, national school games rugby championships and their fitness and skill test results.
The short-listed girls attended the national training and selection camp which was conducted at the KIIT University campus in Bhubaneswar from August 14 to September 13.
"We are thankful to Societe Generale, the Govt. of Odisha, KIIT and all our partners for their commitment and kind support towards Rugby India’s High Performance initiatives in preparation for the Asia Rugby Championship," Vikram Ahuja, President, Rugby India said in a release.
"This support will truly boost our team's morale and encourage them to perform fiercely at the Asian level and bring home accolades."
Former Rugby league boss appointed Australian Cricketers Association chief
Sydney, Jan 25 (PTI) Former National Rugby League chief executive Todd Greenberg was on Monday appointed as the new chief of Australian Cricketers Association (ACA).
The 50-year-old's name was also doing the rounds for the Cricket Australia (CA) chief job after Kevin Roberts quit last year.
Greenberg's appointment was ratified at ACA's board meeting on Monday.
"I would like to thank the ACA board and the players for the opportunity to advocate for them.
"I have a long history with cricket â€“ it's the game I first fell in love with â€“ and am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely on their behalf in partnership with Cricket Australia and the state associations for the good of the game," Greenberg was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
He had resigned from his role in the National Rugby League in April last year after the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the sport financially.