Lia Thomas’ participation in the women’s swimming competition is in danger of being knocked down by FINA.
Sports FINA’s World Management Organization has filed a verdict on a 22-year-old transgender swimmer.
Here’s everything you need to know.
World Swimming Federation bans transgender athletes from women’s events
The French International Swimming Federation (FINA) has ruled out verdicts against transgender athletes, especially trans women participating in elite-level female swimmers.
FINA members also adopted a new ‘Gender Inclusion Policy’ this weekend.
According to the new rules, male and female athletes must prove that they have never experienced male puberty after the second stage of Tanner or before the age of 12, whichever is later.
Tanner Stages serve as guides to the physical development that people go through during puberty.
The organization has reasoned that trans female athletes who have undergone male puberty will have ‘unfair’ physical benefits over women.
71% of the 2022 Extraordinary General Assembly of FINA in Budapest voted in favor of this decision.
The organization also reached a verdict after three groups of experts provided several studies, reports and presentations to the FINA group.
After the verdict, a spokesperson told the media: ‘This does not mean that people are encouraged to switch before the age of 12. What scientists say is that there are unfair advantages to switching after the onset of puberty.’
It worked! I applied a lot of heat, but what is fair is fair! After a man’s puberty, a medal cannot be taken away from a woman. period. https://t.co/qqZq7gnt6g
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 19, 2022
Reaction to FINA’s new ‘Gender Inclusion Policy’
FINA’s new policy has, of course, been criticized by several transgender advocacy groups.
Anne Lieberman, director of Athlete Ally, an organization that advocates for LGBTQI+ equality in sport, described the policy as ‘discriminatory, harmful and unscientific’.
‘There are eligibility criteria for the categories of women in the policy of police officers on the body of all women,’ she said. It cannot be enforced without seriously violating the privacy and human rights of players who wish to compete in the women’s division.’
However, the Human Rights Campaign wrote that the ruling was ‘an outright attack on a transgender athlete’.
Celebrity Caitlyn Jenner, on the other hand, was in favor of the new policy.
She claimed that trans female athletes have physical advantages over cisgender competitors.
Jenner said, ‘It worked! I applied a lot of heat, but what is fair is fair! After a man’s puberty, a medal cannot be taken away from a woman. period.’