Yesterday (December 29th), Telegraph Published an interview with World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, in which he announced plans to create transgender leagues and tournaments within the sport he oversees. We will start contacting those involved.
“We are creating a set of rules and structures to allow transgender boxing because it is a given if trans people want to box. But we’re launching a universal registry in 2023 so we can understand the boxers out there — and start there.”
Among the rules laid down, Sulaiman said transgender athletes can only compete against each other. This means that “a transfighter born male can only fight fellow transfighters born male”. On the reasons behind the aforementioned decision, the President stressed the importance of “safety and inclusiveness.”
“It’s time to do this…we were the rules leaders in women’s boxing.
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman (Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)
He continued: There should be no gray areas in this and we want to approach it with transparency and the right decisions. Female-to-male or male-to-female transgender transformations are never allowed to fight against a different gender at birth. “
The WBC previously provided a list of guidelines for transgender boxers in August. The international organization also promised to “continue research with the best medical experts to better understand the issue, and continue to seek fairness in sport and equality.”