Most transgender athletes will be barred from participating in elite women’s aquatics contests after the International Swimming Federation (FINA) approved a new policy on the topic.
As per reports, The new “gender inclusivity” policy was accepted by FINA’s world governing body on Sunday when 71.5 percent of the federations represented at the FINA Extraordinary General Congress 2022 voted in favor of it.
Transgender athletes will only be allowed to compete in FINA competitions if they transition before the age of 12 or before they reach stage two on Tanner’s puberty Tanner Scale, which is due to go into effect on June 20, 2022.
Athletes who have previously used testosterone as part of gender-affirming hormone treatment will be eligible to compete in women’s competitions only if the testosterone was used for less than a year in total, According to the policy, the therapy did not occur during puberty and testosterone levels in serum have reverted to pre-treatment levels.
To accommodate athletes who do not fit the standards for either the men’s or women’s categories set by FINA, the organization has announced it will form a new working group to produce open category events. In addition to protecting the rights of our athletes to compete, FINA President Hussain Al-Musallam emphasized that “competitive fairness, especially in the women’s category, must be protected.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released its Framework on Fairness, Inclusion, and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations in November 2021, saying no athlete should be excluded from the competition on the assumption of an advantage due to their gender and rejecting the notion that a testosterone proxy was enough to be excluded from the women’s category.
“The best available statistical, scientific and medical evidence about gender differences in sports performance and any related male sex-based advantage,” FINA claims it formed a working committee to evaluate such material to determine qualifying requirements for transgender athletes. University of Pennsylvania swim team members wrote a letter in February requesting their school and the Ivy League to support the NCAA’s new transgender athlete participation standards and not fight them.