Swimming: a special category for transgender athletes

The International Swimming Federation will set up an open category to allow transgender athletes to compete separately, President Husain Al-Musallam announced on Sunday.

Fina, the International Swimming Federation will set up a working group to open a single category to transgender people during competitions.

“I don’t want an athlete to be told that he cannot compete at the highest level,” Al-Musallam told an extraordinary congress of the body held during the World Championships. swimming. I will set up a working group to create an open category during our competitions. We will be the first federation to do so.”

The Fina decision comes as swimming has been rocked by a controversy over American transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.

The 22-year-old student, who was born male, had in the spring become the first transgender swimmer to win a university title in the spring.

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