The Swedish Gymnastics Federation, on Monday said it would now allow the youths to choose for themselves, in which gender they want to participate in the sport, for both practice and matches.
This decision came in the background of the federation’s deep dive in the issues of gender identity and expression over the summer, the organisation said.
This will be a huge step towards gender identity or expression. This decision allows to choose any gender of your choice despite of your legal gender for any trainings or competitions. Youths of transgender groups would also be given the same opportunity of choosing the gender of their choice up to junior national level, between the age group of 13 and 18 years old, the organisation said in a statement.
However, in a conversation with daily Dagens Nyheter, the organisation also mentioned that the new rules would not be applicable on senior athletes as they would need to adapt to international rules.
This gymnastic federation is the first national sports body to take a call from the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights (RFSL), which in October provided a report on transgender communities engaged in sports, mainly for children and young generation.
RFSL also mentioned, how the youths of transgender communities felt alienated in many sports and related events.