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FINA ruling on transwomen ends 20-year fantasy that sex is not real

No serious scientist disputes that maleness confers a sporting advantage

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Zach Bridges, who now identifies as Emily Bridges, prepares to race in stage 5 of the Junior Tour of Wales in August 2018. The British cyclist looked set to triumph in women's races until a last-minute kerfuffle over qualifying periods.   © Getty Images

Helen Joyce is the author of "Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality." She is currently on extended leave from The Economist, where she has been a staff journalist since 2005.

On June 19, the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), the global governing body for competitive swimming, sent shock waves through the sport.

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