The FINA made one of the most controversial determinations in recent days, and that is that it left transgender athletes out of competitions in the women’s category, and that is something that FIFA could imitate, this according to a report by Reuters.
“FIFA is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with experts. Due to the nature of the process, FIFA is not in a position to comment on the details of the proposed amendments to the existing regulations,” a Reuters report said.
IOC leaves decision in hands of Federations
According to the report, FIFA is in the midst of a process to conduct a consultation to make the best decision in the case of transgender footballers competing in women’s tournaments. To reach the best conclusion, they plan to bring together experts on different topics, such as legal, medical, scientific and even human rights experts. They also plan to consult the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“Until evidence determines otherwise, athletes should not be considered to have an unfair or disproportionate competitive advantage due to their variations in sex, physical appearance and/or transgender status,” so read an IOC statement last year to leave the decision on trans athletes in the hands of each Federation worldwide.
Megan Rapinoe defends the participation of transgender soccer players
Megan Rapinoe, emblem of the U.S. Women’s National Team, believes that inclusion is above all else and that there is no evidence to show that these athletes are harming other professionals biologically associated with their gender, in her view.
The governing body of soccer has not yet made a pronouncement on the participation of players who have changed their sex, but the decision to consult with different people has already caused a lot of controversy.