Transgender swimmers do not register for the 'open category' of the World Cup

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World Aquatics did not receive"no registration"for your new"open category", intended to accommodate the transgender swimmersduring the Swimming World Cup in Berlin this weekend, the world body announced.

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"No registration has been received for the open category events," the International Swimming Federation said.

World Aquatics announced in mid-August the launch of this category starting with the Berlin World Cup stage, after having banned athletes in 2022. transgender athletes their participation in major events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup. A working group was then created to launch an "open category".

"The World Aquatics working group on the open category will continue its work and commitment to the aquatic community. Even if there is currently no demand at the elite level, the working group plans to examine the possibility of including open category races in future Masters events"adds the Federation.

The Berlin meet, one of three stages of the Swimming World Cup this year, takes place from October 6 to 8, and serves as qualification for the Doha World Cups in February 2024 and for the Paris Olympic Games next summer.

"Open categories" had been proposed in the 50 and 100 m in all swimming styles.

The British rowing and cycling federations also announced in recent months the creation of an "open category" to transgender and non-binary people.

At the international level, at the end of 2021 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) renounced establishing uniform guidelines regarding participation criteria for intersex athletes and transgenderleaving the decision to the federations.

The institutions that govern international cycling and athletics have prohibited the participation of transgender athletes. World Athletics, which governs athletics, decided in March to exclude transgender people from women's competitions.


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