Swimming becomes first sport to allow transgender athletes to compete

Elite swimming is set to become first sport to create ‘open category’ to allow transgender athletes to compete in a separate class at top level

  • Husnain Al-Musallam, president of FINA, announced the news on Sunday
  • He said ‘I don’t want any athlete to be told they cannot compete at highest level’
  • A separate open category will be created for swimming competitions in future 

Swimming is set to to become the first sport to allow transgender athletes to compete at an elite level.

World governing body FINA is going to set up an ‘open category’ which will separate transgender athletes to compete in their own class.

Husain Al-Musallam, president of governing body FINA, announced the news on Sunday afternoon.

‘I do not want any athlete to be told they cannot compete at the highest level,’ Al-Musallam told a congress of his organisation.

‘I will set up a working group to set up an open category at our meets. We will be the first federation to do that.’

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