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‘Blanket ignorant exclusion’ is ‘not the answer’ to transgender swimming debate

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins says “blanket ignorant exclusion” is “not the answer” to the transgender swimming debate as he pushes for a more “nuanced dialogue”. 

FINA last month restricted transgender athletes from competing in women's competitions and said it will create a separate "open" category. 

He said the decision by the governing body for swimming to set up a separate “fantasy land” category has “set back the cause”. 

“What worries me is the move FINA’s taken has led to, as we were concerned, community sports people seeing this as a lead for their opportunity to want to drive exclusionary policies and environments,” Mr Perkins told Sky News Australia. 

“It’s just not acceptable. 

"We have a responsibility to ensure all people are included in sport and all given the opportunity to be given a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins says “blanket ignorant exclusion” is “not the answer” to the transgender swimming debate as he pushes for a more “nuanced dialogue”.

FINA last month restricted transgender athletes from competing in women’s competitions and said it will create a separate “open” category.

He said the decision by the governing body for swimming to set up a separate “fantasy land” category has “set back the cause”.

“What worries me is the move FINA’s taken has led to, as we were concerned, community sports people seeing this as a lead for their opportunity to want to drive exclusionary policies and environments,” Mr Perkins told Sky News Australia.

“It’s just not acceptable.

“We have a responsibility to ensure all people are included in sport and all given the opportunity to be given a safe and enjoyable experience.” Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins says “blanket ignorant exclusion” is “not the answer” to the transgender swimming debate as he pushes for a more “nuanced dialogue”.

FINA last month restricted transgender athletes from competing in women’s competitions and said it will create a separate “open” category.

He said the decision by the governing body for swimming to set up a separate “fantasy land” category has “set back the cause”.

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“What worries me is the move FINA’s taken has led to, as we were concerned, community sports people seeing this as a lead for their opportunity to want to drive exclusionary policies and environments,” Mr Perkins told Sky News Australia.

“It’s just not acceptable.

“We have a responsibility to ensure all people are included in sport and all given the opportunity to be given a safe and enjoyable experience.”

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