Daily Mirror

PM welcomes swim ban for trans women

- BY DAN BLOOM Online Political Editor

PM Boris Johnson has backed a ban on trans women competing in elite swimming races.

But he insisted people should be “as understand­ing as possible”.

FINA, swimming’s world governing body, last week voted for the ban on trans athletes if they have gone through male puberty.

Sports Secretary Nadine Dorries added asking women to compete against someone born male is “inherently unfair”.

The Internatio­nal Olympic Committee said it is up to each sports body to set their own rules for transgende­r athletes.

LGBT rights group Athlete Ally earlier said FINA’s new eligibilit­y criteria was “harmful” and “discrimina­tory”.

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