World Aquatics has received "no registrations" for its new "open category", intended to welcome transgender swimmers at the World Cup in Berlin this weekend, the world body announced Tuesday in a statement.
World Aquatics had announced in mid-August the launch of this category from the World Cup stage in Berlin, after having banned in 2022 transgender athletes from participating in major events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup. A working group to set up an "open category" was then created.
"World Aquatics' Open Category Working Group will continue its work and engagement with the aquatic community," the federation said. While there is currently no demand at the elite level, the working group plans to examine the possibility of including open category races in Masters events in the future. »
No uniform IOC guidelines
The Berlin meeting, one of three stages of this year's Swimming World Cup, runs from 6 to 8 October, and serves as qualifiers for the Doha Worlds in February 2024 and the Paris Olympics next summer. The "open categories" were proposed over 50 and 100 m in all swims.
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The British Rowing and Cycling Federations have also announced in recent months the creation of an "open category" for transgender and non-binary people. At the international level, at the end of 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned the establishment of uniform guidelines on the criteria for the participation of intersex and transgender athletes, leaving the hand to the federations.
International cycling and athletics governing bodies have banned transgender competitors. World Athletics, which oversees athletics, decided in March to exclude transgender people from women's competitions.