Tom Daley criticises FINA decision to restrict participation of transgender athletes

Tom Daley criticises FINA decision to restrict participation of transgender athletes

Daley, who came out as gay in 2013, was speaking at the British LGBT Awards on Friday, when he was named Sports Personality of the Year after winning gold in the 10 metre synchronised platform diving event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Transgender rights has become a major talking point as sports seek to balance inclusivity with ensuring there is no unfair advantage.

"I was furious," he said of FINA's decision, which bans athletes who have been through any part of male puberty from elite women's competition.

FINA also said it would create a working group to establish an "open" category for transgender athletes as part of its new policy, which covers events in swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, high diving and open water swimming.

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