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Swimming: An “open class” for transgender athletes was born

This was announced by Hussein Al-Muslim, president of the International Federation

Swimming aims to become the first sport to create an “open class” in which transgender athletes can compete. This was announced in Budapest Hussein Al-Muslim, President of the International Federation. “I don’t want the athlete to be told that he can’t compete at the highest levels – said the No. 1 player at an extraordinary conference during the World Swimming Championships – I will form a working group to create an open class during our competitions. We will be the first federation to do so.”

Fina has adopted new rules for transgender athletes, allowing only swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. Fina members voted 71.5% in favor of the new “Gender Mainstreaming Policy” at the organization’s Extraordinary General Conference. It will apply to all of its events starting Monday.

Recently, the story of 22-year-old swimmer Leah Thomas re-stirred the age-old question about transgender athletes. Born Will Thomas, she competed for three years on the men’s team at her university, but after completing the transitional path, joined the women’s team by winning, at the end of February, the Ivy League Universities: a competition in which they competed with athletes from eight of the most prestigious universities in the United States . And in the competition, Lia also broke previous records. In March, then, further feuds after winning the 500-yard freestyle of the NCAA US Collegiate Championships, held at the McCauley Aquatics Center in Atlanta.

Shows that have sparked quite a bit of controversy between professionals and non-professionals, with repercussions in politics as well. A week later, in fact, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, refused to rule by recognizing Emma Wyant, silver medalist in the 400 medley at the Tokyo Games six months earlier, as the true winner of the competition.

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