Transgender player applies to compete in NBL1 South women’s competition

“It is important that all athletes compete in an inclusive, fair, safe and respectful environment, and we hope that everyone in the community can move forward together with a clear understanding of the new guidelines,” Honey said.


“Basketball has long prided itself on being ‘everyone’s game,’ and it continues to do so today, especially at the community level. We are aware that there is still a lot to learn in this area. The new guidelines confirm that the inclusion and safety of the LGBITQA+ community is a must at all levels of basketball,” said Sheena Atkin, Basketball Victoria’s Diversity Manager.

In 2021, Basketball Australia issued a similar policy, stating that the participation of transgender athletes at the elite and sub-elite levels will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with criteria set by the IOC, FIBA ​​or other applicable governing body would.

The debate about transgender players participating in sports codes was sparked last year when FINA, the global swimming federation, effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.

FINA members passed a new “Gender Inclusion Policy” that only allows swimmers who switched before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events.

World Rugby has a generally negative attitude towards member countries that allow trans women to play; However, the French Rugby Federation allowed transgender women to compete in 2021.

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