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    Sport’s governing bodies are at loggerheads about transgender participation, but Australia can take the lead

    Swimming’s blanket ban on transgender women competing in international women’s events is the polar opposite of the International Olympic Committee’s framework suggesting inclusion first and review on a case-by-case basis. Sport’s governing bodies now feel pressured into picking sides in what has become a culture war, although experts warn that Australian anti-discrimination policies would prevent such blanket bans from being adopted here. The international governing body for aquatic sports, FINA, announced its “inclusionary policy” this week bit it has left others describing it as “exclusionary”. The policy allegedly cost the organisation $US1 million ($1.45 million) to research and was reportedly designed to withstand any legal or human rights challenge. Loading…