Exchange to Change | September 2015 - Page 8

Some interesting facts and figures: • FIFA only decided in 2014 to lift the ban on playing with head scarves which opened up opportunities for previously excluded players (source); The Giro is currently the only Grand Tour that offers a female version of itself (source);  The first official women’s soccer world cup was held in China in 1991; Prior to 2003 no sport organization had any policy at all governing participation of transgender athletes. The International Olympic Committee was the first mainstream sport governing body to develop a policy governing the participation of transgender athletes in the Olympic Games which became effective in the 2004 Games in Greece. • • • 8