(KRON) — The World Boxing Council (WBC) has announced it will introduce a new category for transgender fighters, the organization’s president told The Telegraph in an article published Thursday. begin implementing transgender programs in
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman twitterHe said the program would be “developed as a form of inclusion”.
According to The Telegraph, Sulaiman said that with his proposal the WBC would:
- The WBC aims to set up its own league or tournament next year by issuing a “global call” for transgender athletes to come forward if they want to compete.
- Transgender athletes cannot compete with non-trans fighters
- Sports appear to adopt the “at birth” rule. This means that transfighters born male can only compete with fellow transfighters born male.
Sulaiman stressed that a “natural man” and a “natural woman” would never fight in boxing under the jurisdiction of the WBC. The WBC’s Transgender He category will be separated from the existing male (18 classes) and female (16 classes) categories.
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Middleweight champion Claressa Shields has expressed her confusion about the new program twitter“Now men who identify as transgender women are allowed to fight me,” she said. clarification sulaiman A natural man never fights a natural woman.
The Mexico-based WBC is one of boxing’s four major sanctioning bodies around the world. The World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) are the remaining three.