Transgender athlete's AFLW ban shows how human rights and sport rules differ

The decision to block transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from participating in Australia's national women's football league has been met with mixed reaction.

The first openly transgender footballer has been banned from competing in the AFLW’s 2018 season.

Mouncey previously represented Australia as a male in European handball.

Sport scientist Dr Ross Tucker says gender identity remains one of sports' most complex, unresolved problems.

He explains that the right to self-identify and right to participate in elite sport are not mutually exclusive.

People conflate the right to self-identify and the right to participate in elite sport.

Dr Ross Tucker, sport scientist

The rules of sport are somewhat arbitrary and human rights don't always influence how those rules are set up.

Dr Ross Tucker, sport scientist

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