The International Federation of this sport approved a new gender inclusion policy.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) reported this Sunday that it approved its new gender inclusion policy and that it agreed by vote to bar transgender swimmers from competing in elite women's races if they have gone through any part of the male puberty process.

The new policy of the FINA, approved with 71 percent of the votes of the 152 members in its extraordinary general congress on the occasion of the World Championships that are being disputed in Budapest, requires that transgender competitors have completed their transition before age 12 to be able to compete in the women's events.

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FINA plans to create an 'open category'

FINA it will also try to establish “an open category” in competitions for swimmers whose gender identity is different from their birth sex.

“The policy includes proposals for an open competition category. The
FINA will create a new working group that will spend the next six months studying the most effective way to establish this new category,” says
FINA in a statement.

Commenting on the policy, the president of FINA's Husain Al-Musallam states: “We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness in our events, especially the women's category in FINA competitions.” < /b>

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“FINA will always welcome all athletes. The creation of an open category will mean that everyone has the opportunity to compete at an elite level. This has not been done before, so FINA will have to lead the way. I want all the athletes to feel included to be able to develop ideas during this process”, adds Al-Musallam.
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