There is a major complication in the transgender “open” class at the World Cup swimming competition


BERLIN – Plans for the first “open category” swimming competitions for transgender participants at a world championships this weekend have been scrapped due to a lack of registrations.

World Aquatics said on Tuesday it had received “no entries” for the open category events scheduled to take place at a World Cup starting Friday in Berlin.

Swimming’s governing body, formerly known as FINA, had done this previously Transgender participants were excluded from major events Similar to the Olympics and World Championships, it said it was committed to creating an open category for all swimmers when it first adopted its “gender inclusion policy” during the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, last year.

The open category was due to make its debut on a pilot basis with 50m and 100m races in Berlin. These races will not take place at this time.

World Aquatics said its open categories working group would continue its work.

“While there is no current demand at the elite level, the working group plans to explore the possibility of including open category racing in Masters events in the future,” World Aquatics said.

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