Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who broke women’s records this year, will be banned from competing against women in international events.
FINA, the international federation for swimming, announced on Sunday that it is changing its policies so that transgender women can only compete in the women’s race if they have completed their transition by age 12.
They then have to prove to the federation that they have consistently suppressed their testosterone levels since that time.
FINA is now setting up an ‘open category’ for transgender athletes to compete against each other, and a working group will spend the next six months to determine how this will work.
“We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness in our events, especially the women’s section in FINA competitions,” FINA President Hussein Al-Musallam said in a statement. Statement,
But such a policy would prevent Thomas from competing in the Olympics, for which she has expressed her desire after breaking the women’s record and causing an uproar across the United States, with many arguing that she should be subjected to inappropriate physical exertion on her fellow competitors. There is benefit.
Elite swimming is the first sport to ban transgender athletes from running women’s races, even if they have gone through male puberty, the International Sports Federation for Swimming announced on Sunday. Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer is pictured
The decision to ban transgender athletes was made during FINA’s Extraordinary General Congress during the World Championships in Budapest, when members heard a report from a transgender task force, which included prominent medical, legal and sporting figures.
He had convened in November to discuss the issue after the International Olympic Committee urged individual sports federations to create guidance on transgender athletes.
At the time, the IOC urged federations to shift their focus away from individual testosterone levels, and asked for evidence to show when a performance advantage existed.
FINA President Hussein Al-Musallam announced the news on Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t want an athlete to be told they can’t compete at the highest level,” al-Musallam told a conference of his organization today.
‘I will set up a working group to establish an open range in our meetings.
‘We will be the first federation to do so.’
The new policy would require transgender competitors to complete their transition by age 12 to be able to compete in women’s competitions.
It was passed with a 71 percent majority after members of the 152 national federations gathered for Congress at Puskas Arena entitled to vote.
About 15 percent did not vote for a policy of eligibility in the men’s and women’s competition categories, while 13 percent did not.
Lia Thomas appeared on Good Morning America last month, where she said she hopes to swim for America at the Olympics
Transgender rights have become a major topic of discussion as sports seek to balance inclusivity while ensuring that there is no unfair advantage.
The debate intensified after University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas became the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle earlier this year.
Thomas swam for the Pennsylvania men’s team for three seasons before starting hormone replacement therapy in the spring of 2019.
A wave of doctors suggested that Lia Thomas – and other trans female athletes – would always have an unfair advantage in certain sports because they could not undo puberty, when their biological male bodies were flooded with testosterone.
They say that one or four years of hormonal therapy is not enough to reverse what happens to the male teenage body.
‘Sport has social aspects, but physiology and biology are its basis. Testosterone is an 800-pound gorilla,’ Michael J. Joyner, a Mayo Clinic doctor, said in an interview with The New York Times.
He added on Good Morning America: ‘Body size, arm size, leg size, bone density [are all factors] But the main thing is the interaction of exercise training and muscles.
‘I think the evidence so far would suggest a period of one year, two, three or four years’ [of hormone therapy] is insufficient.’
The decision was made during FINA’s Extraordinary General Congress during the World Championships in Budapest, when members heard a report from a transgender task force, which included prominent medical, legal and sporting figures. Photo of swimmers in the women’s 100m breaststroke semi-final on Sunday at the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships
But last month, Thomas apparently brushed off concerns about unfair advantage.
She said some ‘cisgender’ women – one word Used to describe someone whose gender identity is the same as what they were assigned at birth – they have more testosterone, larger arms and legs, and are taller than their competitors.
Thomas insists she does not make the transition to do better at the league table, explaining: ‘Trans people don’t transition to athletics. We make the transition to being happy and authentic and being ourselves.
“Transitioning to profit is not something that affects our decisions,” she said.
He said, ‘I don’t need anyone’s permission to be myself.
She also said that anyone who says she is not allowed to compete as a woman is transphobic, whether they support the right to transition or not.
‘You can’t go halfway and go “I support trans people but only up to a certain point.”
‘If you support transwomen and they’ve met all of the NCAA requirements, I don’t know if you can say anything like that.’
‘Trans women are not a threat to women’s sport.’
Lia Thomas breaks multiple records in women’s swimming for the NCAA
She has sparked controversy, with experts claiming she has an ‘unfair’ advantage because she went through male puberty
The news came shortly after the International Cycling Union tightened the rules transgender Athletes in a benchmark ruling.
Trans competitors will now have to wait longer to compete after transitioning between the genders under the UCI’s ruling, which doubled the duration from 12 months to two years.
The body also announced that it is halving the maximum testosterone level allowed for trans women to compete in the women’s category.