Women swimmers WON’T have to race against trans athletes under new rules from Swim England: Sport’s governing body will bring in separate ‘female’ and ‘open’ categories for competitions from September

Women swimmers will not have to compete against transgender competitors in licensed events under new rules from Swim England.

The sport’s governing body has introduced an ‘open’ category for those born male as well as trans or non-binary competitors, while a ‘female’ category will be restricted to those with a birth sex of female.

The policy comes into effect on September 1 and will apply to competitions under Swim England’s auspices including those organised by member regions and clubs.

Swim England said hormonal therapy reduced performance advantage but was ‘insufficient to negate it completely and trans females therefore likely retain an advantage over their cisgender peers’.


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