World Aquatics Launches Open Category for Transgender Swimmers

World Aquatics Launches Open Category for Transgender Swimmers

Last updated on August 20th, 2023 at 06:35 am

The governing body of swimming, World Aquatics, created an open category for transgender swimmers. It will first take place at the Swimming World Cup in Berlin.

All sex and gender identities are welcome to participate in the new 50- and 100-meter events. According to bookie PPH reports, World Aquatics (previously known as FINA) decided against allowing transgender athletes to participate in top women’s competitions last year.

The gender inclusiveness policy took effect on June 20, 2022. It stated that male-to-female transgender athletes can participate in women’s categories if they complete their transition before age 12. Also, they should be below stage two on the Tanner Scale.

Open Category for Transgender Swimmers

World Aquatics Launches Open Category for Transgender SwimmersThe governing body had previously pledged to form a new working group to provide open-category events for male and female athletes who could not otherwise qualify. World Aquatics regulates sports, including swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, high diving, and open-water swimming.

According to the latest sports news reports, Berlin will host the World Cup from October 6-8, 2018. Kai Morgenroth is the vice president of the German swimming federation. She expressed delight at organizing the groundbreaking event.

Athlete Ally is a group that works to end homophobia and transphobia in sports. They see the decision as further marginalizing transgender athletes and alienating them. The organization expressed its disappointment with the decision to Gambling Interaction sources.

Lia Thomas, who began her swimming career in 2017 on the men’s team at the University of Pennsylvania, will transition to the women’s team in 2020. Thus, it spotlighted the debate surrounding transgender women in swimming and ultimately led to the implementation a new gender inclusion policy and open category.

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