Guimarães Is Tired Of Questions About Trans Players Eligibility For NT

  0 Liam Smith | March 11th, 2018 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball



Tifanny Abreu made volleyball history when she became the first trans female to play in Brazil’s Superliga. Since then, she broke the competition’s single game scoring record, and has dominated the league’s offensive statistics. Such performances has drawn the ire of many teams, players, and fans, who have asked the Brazilian Volleyball Federation (CBV) to find a “solution” to the situation. Although the institution has stated that it currently complies with IOC’s guidelines, it will probably wait for FIVB’s future decisions to take decisive action. For now, clubs have  agreed to tag Tifanny with a maximum score in Superliga’s parity system for next season.


When Tifanny first appeared on the volleyball radar, Brazilian national team coach José Roberto Guimarães was quickly asked about the possibility of her being called up for the team:

“If she is eligible by the IOC, FIVB, and CBV, she is eligible to play anywhere, as well as in the national team. If she is at an elite leve, yes, she can play in the national team.

Now a few months later, Guimarães is irritated with the still constant questioning by the media on whether he will call up Tifanny to play for Brazil’s national team. He was visibly angry during an interview for

“We have studied her, she has many moves and is an interesting player. My opinion remains the same as that of four months ago. If she is eligible by the IOC, FIVB, and CBV, she is eligible to play anywhere. That is not for us to discuss.”

Sadly for Guimarães, the questioning will probably get even more frequent and common from now on. This week Tifanny saw her dream of playing for Brazil’s NT come a little bit closer, as the executive director of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation (CBV), Radamés Lattari, one of Brazilian volleyball biggest personalities and authorities, stated in an interview that he sees her possible call up as something natural and acceptable.

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