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The rise and rise of women football in Africa

The rise and rise of women football in Africa

BIRD STORY AGENCY WOMEN'S football in Africa is scoring new progress goals, with more female players, coaches and referees joining the game than ever before. Confederation of African Football's first Women's Football Landscape report 2022 shows there are 150,653 registered female players, 4140 female coaches, and 4724 female referees under CAF. With a record 47 out of 54 countries in the continent having women's national teams, the traditionally male-dominated sport is growing to become an all-gender sport. "We can see that great progress has been made in terms of development and participation with 47 MAs having a senior women's national…
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World Rugby rules trans women out of elite female teams

World Rugby rules trans women out of elite female teams

MATTHEW LAVIETES  TRANSGENDER women may not participate in elite and international women's rugby, the sport's global governing body World Rugby has announced, amid a heated debate on the issue in sports leagues and LGBT+ communities. In new guidelines, World Rugby said the naturally acquired physical benefits that trans women receive by going through male puberty and the safety concerns for other female players made trans women ineligible for competition. However it said trans men could compete in men's contact rugby. "Given the best available evidence for the effects of testosterone reduction on these physical attributes for transgender women, it was…
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Mali basketball rocked by claims of sexual abuse

Mali basketball rocked by claims of sexual abuse

BOITUMELO RANTAO  HAMANE Niang, head of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), has stepped aside from his role amid an investigation into allegations of systematic exploitation of female players at the Mali federation. Since The New York Times and Human Rights Watch showcased the published allegations, more than 12 coaches and officials have been implicated in the sexual abuse of almost 100 women's players. Niang is not directly implicated in the sexual abuse allegations but the alleged systemic sexual harassment in the Mali Basketball Federation took place during his time as the head of the organisation from 1999 until 2007. Coach…
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