'Forces of hate are out there' - Aus trans athlete

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STORY: The decision follows a similar move by World Aquatics, the global governing body for swimming, to exclude transgender athletes from women's categories last year.

WA President Sebastian Coe said the decision was made after consulting 40 member federations, coaches, athletes, transgender groups, United Nations experts and the IOC.

Coughlan, one of Australia's first transgender athletes in professional running, said WA's ruling would embolden the "forces of hate" against transgender people.