FINA bans trans swimmers from competing in women News about gender equality

The World Governing Body is adopting a new policy for transgender athletes and proposing a new “open competition”.

The World Governing Body for Swimming has FINA vote for restriction the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions, while promising to create a working group to create an “open” category for them.

The rights of transgender people have become a main topic of conversation as sport seeks to balance inclusion while ensuring that there is no unfair advantage.

“We need to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also need to protect the fairness of our competitions, especially in the women’s category of FINA competitions,” said President Hussein al-Musalam at an extraordinary congress of his organization, the International Swimming Federation. (International Christmas Federation, or FINA).

“FINA will always welcome every athlete. Creating an open category will mean that everyone has the opportunity to compete at the elite level. This has not been done so far, so FINA will have to be the leader. I want all athletes to feel involved in being able to develop ideas during this process. ”

The decision, the strictest of any Olympic sports body, was taken during the extraordinary general congress of FINA, after members heard a report from a working group on transgender people, including leading medical, legal and sports figures.

This photo shows the Tokyo Water Sports Center,
The policy was adopted by a majority of about 71 percent after being presented to members of 152 national federations [File: Charly Triballeau/AFP]

FINA’s new eligibility policy states that transgender male athletes have the right to compete only if “they can establish for FINA’s convenience that they have not experienced any part of male puberty after stage 2 (of puberty). of Tanner or before the age of 12, whichever is later. ‘

The policy was adopted by a majority of about 71 percent after being presented to members of 152 national voting federations that gathered for the Pushkas Arena congress in Budapest, Hungary.

“I don’t want any athlete to be told that he can’t compete at the highest level,” al-Musalam said.

“I will set up a working group to create an open category for our meetings. We will be the first federation to do so. ”

The vote came after members heard presentations from three specialized groups – the Athletes Group, the Science and Medicine Group and the Legal and Human Rights Group – which worked together to shape policy in line with recommendations made by the International Olympic Committee last year. November.

FINA’s new policy also allows for the participation of those who have “complete androgen insensitivity and therefore cannot experience male puberty”.

Swimmers are also eligible to compete in women’s competitions if they have “suppressed male puberty, starting with Tanner’s stage 2 or before the age of 12, whichever is later, and they have been constantly maintaining serum testosterone levels ever since. (or plasma) below 2,5 nmol / L ‘.

Men’s transgender athletes (transgender men) have the full right to compete in men’s swimming competitions.

Proponents of transgender inclusion argue that not enough research has yet been done on the impact of transition on physical performance, and that elite athletes are often physically distinctive in each case.

IN the debate intensified after University of Pennsylvania swimmer Leah Thomas became the first NCAA transgender champion in Division I history after winning 500 yards (457.2m) in the women’s freestyle in the United States earlier this year.

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