By Kate Anderson
Daily Caller News Foundation
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World Aquatics (WA), the international sports governing body, announced in a press release Tuesday that it was getting rid of its transgender “open” category for the 2023 World Cup since no athletes had decided to sign up.
WA said in August that it was opening a category for athletes to swim the 50-meter and 100-meter distances regardless of race or gender. After athletes failed to show, WA decided to scrap the category for the World Cup in Berlin, Germany, from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8 but noted that the “Open Category Working Group” would still consider reopening the division if demand increased in the future, according to the press release.
“The World Aquatics Open Category Working Group will continue its work and engagement with the aquatics community on Open Category events,” the announcement reads. “Even if there is no current demand at the elite level, the working group is planning to look at the possibility of including Open Category races at Masters events in the future.”