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FINA's trans ban

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The world governing body for swimming will effectively ban transgender athletes from competing in female competitions.

As the world championships continue in Budapest, FINA has announced a new open category for those who've transitioned to female after puberty.

It'll prevent trans competitor Lia Thomas from competing against females at the next Olympics.

Ariarne Titmus (pictured) and Emma McKeon were among athletes calling for fairness in the sport.

"I love swimming ... we all get to enjoy it and hopefully FINA come up with rules that make it fair and enjoyable for everyone," said the Tasmanian gold medallist earlier this month.

"At the moment we have to trust what FINA and the authorities have to do. Hopefully they have our best interests at heart."

Olympian Sharron Davies has told Sky the new policy is based on science, given the advantages typically enjoyed by biological males. 

"Lia Thomas, before she transitioned, was 800th in the world," she said. 

"Last year, when she won the NCAAs, she beat three Olympic medallists from America; that's a massive improvement in one year."