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Kate Campbell, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist for Australia, on Monday backed FINA’s new policies regarding transgender athlete partnerships.

In a speech to FINA’s congress, Campbell said gender segregation in swimming was the only reason to see women as equal in the sport. She said eliminating this distinction would be detrimental to women athletes everywhere.

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Team Australia's Kate Campbell responds after winning the gold medal and breaking the Olympic record for the women's 4 x 100m medley relay final on the ninth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 01, 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Team Australia’s Kate Campbell responds after winning the gold medal and breaking the Olympic record for the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay final on the ninth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 01, 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center in Tokyo, Japan.
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“We look at you, value you and accept you. However, my role is also to stand here, to seek our global governing body, FINA, to investigate, deliberately and justify the cornerstone of justice in the competition of elite women,” she said. , By The Guardian. “And this part of my role is to hurt, provoke and alienate people from the trans community that is already at the bottom.”

She said she thought about what she was going to say and decided that whatever she said on the subject would make people angry.

“However, I urge everyone to breathe and understand before responding. Listen to the words of science and experts. Listen to the people who stand here and tell you how difficult it is to coordinate inclusion and justice,” she added. “It is undeniable that men and women are physically different. We are now beginning to explore and understand the origins of these physical differences and the lasting effects of exposure to different hormones.

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Kate Campbell of Australia after a 4x100m medley relay gold medal appearance during the swimming finals at the Tokyo Aquatic Center at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on August 1, 2021.

Kate Campbell of Australia after a 4x100m medley relay gold medal appearance during the swimming finals at the Tokyo Aquatic Center at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on August 1, 2021.
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“Women who have long struggled to be included in the sport and to be seen as equal in the sport can only do so because of gender discrimination. Eliminating that distinction is detrimental to female athletes everywhere.”

The “Gender Policy” only allows swimmers under the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new policies. The orders went into effect Monday.

FINA sets specific eligibility requirements within the 24-page procedure. There is also a proposal for a new “open competition policy”. The company said it was setting up a “new working group that will spend the next six months looking for the most effective ways to set up this new category.”

The Australian Olympic Committee also supported the FINA decision.

The logo of the International Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Open Water Swimming, FINA will be on display at the FINA World Championships in Rome on July 25, 2009.

The logo of the International Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Open Water Swimming, FINA will be on display at the FINA World Championships in Rome on July 25, 2009.
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“Respect the team, competitiveness is the core value of the sport,” said the Australian Olympic Committee. The spokesman told Reuters. “FINA made a decision based on the conditions in the swimming sport to achieve that balance.”