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Court Upholds World Aquatics Ban on Transgender Women in Elite Races

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In 2022, World Aquatics (WA) voted to prohibit transgender women from participating in elite women's races if they had undergone any part of male puberty. Lia Thomas, 25, who made history as the first transgender athlete to win a top US national college title in March 2022, sought

to overturn this ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), claiming the rules were discriminatory.CAS first needed to assess whether Thomas was eligible to challenge the regulations. In a 24-page ruling, CAS concluded that Thomas was "simply not entitled to engage with eligibility to compete in

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competitions" because she was no longer a member of US Swimming, "let alone compete in a WA competition." Thus, she was "not sufficiently affected" by the rules to challenge them.WA welcomed the decision, stating it was a "major step forward in our efforts to protect women's sport.""World Aquatics

is dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes fairness, respect, and equal opportunities for athletes of all genders, and we reaffirm this pledge," WA stated. "Our policies and practices are continuously evaluated to ensure they align with these core values, which led to the introduction of our open category."

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