Basketball Australia has stepped in on a transgender debate sweeping across the sport – convening its own panel to determine whether a transgender player can compete in Victoria’s NBL1 South women’s competition this year.
The competition is a second tier league considered one grade below the WNBL.
While decisions around who can and can’t play in the competition would normally be reserved for Basketball Victoria, the national governing body has taken over the process on this occasion after days of heated debate.
“Basketball Australia (BA) has convened a panel to assess the application of a transgender athlete who has requested to play in the NBL1 South competition,” a Basketball Australia statement read.
“While Basketball Victoria determines the eligibility of athletes who play in their competitions, in the interest of the sport and all athletes, BA’s panel will now assess…