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FIA bans Racing Point-style ‘Pink Mercedes’ reverse engineering

LONDON — Formula One’s governing body approved on Friday a ban on the sort of reverse engineering that allowed the Racing Point team to compete this season with a car resembling last year’s title-winning Mercedes.

The FIA said its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) had approved changes to the 2021 technical regulations “that will prevent the extensive use of reverse engineering of rival designs for the design of a car’s aerodynamic surfaces.”

Canadian-owned Racing Point caused controversy when its “Pink Mercedes” was unveiled.

The design led to a protest by rivals Renault, with Racing Point fined 400,000 euros ($473,040) by stewards and docked 15 points for copying Mercedes’ 2019 brake ducts.

The team was allowed to continue competing without having to redesign the offending parts.

An appeal by those who wanted a tougher punishment, and by Racing Point against it, was dropped by all parties after the FIA issued a

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World Rugby bans trans women from elite women’s game due to injury risks

Trans women will not be permitted to play elite women’s rugby for the foreseeable future because of ‘significant’ safety concerns, World Rugby has stated after releasing new guidelines for transgender players.

In a statement explaining its decision, World Rugby said that after months of research and examining the latest scientific research it had “concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”.

Related: Trans women face potential women’s rugby ban over safety concerns

The Guardian first revealed in July that World Rugby was considering becoming the first international sports federation to adopt such a policy after finding “at least a 20-30% greater risk” of injury risk factors when a female player is tackled by someone who has gone through male puberty.

In a document explaining its decision published on Friday, World Rugby said that “It is known that biological males (whose

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