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Husain Al-Musallam, president of FINA, gives a speech during the Opening Ceremony for the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Husain Al-Musallam, president of FINA, gives a speech during the Opening Ceremony for the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Husain Al-Musallam, president of FINA, gives a speech during the Opening Ceremony for the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

World Swimming have agreed seismic changes to the eligibility of transgender women in female sport by ruling that any athlete who has undergone puberty as a male can no longer compete in elite women’s sport.

In a groundbreaking move for Olympic sport which would mean that the American college swimmer Lia Thomas can no longer compete in elite events, world swimming’s new policy states that transgender women must establish that they “have not experienced any part of male puberty”.


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