‘Tip of the iceberg’: Caitlyn Jenner expects more sports to enact transgender bans following swimming’s landmark decision

Caitlyn Jenner has predicted more professional sports will follow swimming’s lead in banning trans-athletes from competing in female competitions.

Caitlyn Jenner has welcomed the banning of trans athletes in certain sports, arguing the need to protect women’s sports.

International Rugby League (IRL) announced on Tuesday that female transgender players will not be allowed to compete in sanctioned international matches until further research has been undertaken.

The decision came one day after swimming’s governing body FINA announced trans-athletes would be restricted from racing in female competitions.

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Speaking to Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan, Ms Jenner said the decision is one of fairness.

“Honestly I think it’s very good. I have been on this issue from the beginning, ”she said.

“I have been very consistent.

“We need to protect women’s sports and I have stuck with that all the way through.”

FINA’s report found sex is the “key determinant” of athletic performance with males outperforming females in sports, including aquatics, with the difference between genders emerging from the beginning of puberty.

International Swimming Federation President Husain Al-Musallam said it will introduce a category for trans competitors who do not meet the criteria to compete as a woman.

Ms Jenner pointed to the findings from FINA and the “tremendous” advantage trans women who have been through male puberty have.

She also predicted more sports around the world will enact similar measures.

“I think there’s going to be a lot to follow,” she said.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Following FINA’s decision to create an “open” category for trans-athletes to compete, football’s governing body and World Athletics have also moved to enact similar restrictions on transgender competitors.

A FIFA spokesperson told Reuters it was “currently reviewing” its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with expert stakeholders.

“Due to the ongoing nature of the process, FIFA is not in a position to comment on specifics of proposed amendments to the existing regulations,” they added.

World Athletics President Lord Coe also hinted the sport could follow FINA’s decision to ban transgender women saying that “fairness is non-negotiable”.

“We see an international federation asserting its primacy in setting rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interest of its sport,” he told BBC Sport.

“This is as it should be. We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this. We will follow the science.

“We continue to study, research and contribute to the growing body of evidence that testosterone is a key determinant in performance, and have scheduled a discussion on our regulations with our council at the end of the year.”


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