Anger has struck the Irish sports world after a women’s soccer team “LGBT” with a trans player won eight goals.
The so-called LGBT women’s soccer team, which included at least one female player, sparked outrage after winning the finals of a competition by defeating its opponent by a devastating eight-goal margin.
The event has now sparked a major controversy within the Irish sports world at a time when many sporting bodies have banned transgender players who are born as men from participating in women’s competitions.
according to Report by Irish IndependentPro-LGBT Gaelic football team Na Gaeil Aeracha swept the women’s E team to rival Na Fianna in the Dublin Junior J Shield football final.
Reportedly, the Na Viana coach contacted the referee before the match to inquire about the presence of the transgender player, whose name was mentioned in the post as Italian Giulia Valentino.
The match official also reportedly suspended the match after the first half of play to tell Na captain Gaeil Aeracha that there was “a problem with your number 21”. [player]And that “the player is a man”.
The captain reportedly told the referee that Valentino was a transgender woman, but the referee responded, “This is the Gaelic Women’s Football Association.”
Despite his protests, the match appears to have continued with Valentino’s sporadic presence, as Na Gayel Iracha is said to have scrambled to win by eight goals – an improvement over the team’s four goals. win over In the semi-final match.
The Women’s Gaelic Football Association – the official body that regulates the playing of women’s Gaelic football matches – has since announced that it is developing a policy around the presence of transgender athletes at matches.
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according to Irish Independent Report, Valentino has had a history of being an “outspoken supporter of transgender people who are allowed to exercise the gender of their choice.”
The former rugby player, who switched to GAA after suffering an injury, is said to have been eager to play in a women’s sport “because of fraternity, validation and political visibility; as a trans woman, these things are very important to me”.
However, while Valentino may have been keen to play with and against women, many sporting bodies have since proven less interested in the idea, with some banning transgender people from playing in women’s games.
For example, the international bodies of both rugby league and rugby union The Games banned transgender women from playing women’s rugby, with both bodies citing concerns about the players’ welfare.
“Transgender women may not currently play women’s rugby,” says a post on the World Rugby website. “Why? Given the size and strength-producing benefits and strength that testosterone confers during puberty and adolescence, and the resulting risks to the player’s well-being.”
The post also notes that some have argued that testosterone suppression can be used to enable trans players to compete by removing their advantages, but the body has rejected this outright.
“Research contrasts this, consistently showing that overall mass, muscle mass and/or strength decrease by 5 percent to at most 10 percent when testosterone is suppressed to levels in the female range, for a period of 12 months,” the body writes. .
“With the additional training factor, either before or during a period of testosterone suppression, the baseline/prev levels of these variables would be expected to be higher, and this training would mitigate the decline in these variables while reducing testosterone.”
“The upshot is that given the magnitude of the biological differences prior to testosterone suppression, this relatively small effect of testosterone-lowering allows substantial and meaningful differences to remain,” the site says.
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