World Swimming Bans Transgender Swimmers From Women’s Races

Transgender swimmers will be banned from participating in women’s races if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty.

Fina, which governs world swimming, plans to create an open category at meets, for swimmers whose gender identity differs from their biological sex.

According the The BBC:

The new policy, which was passed with 71% of the vote from 152 Fina members, was described as “only a first step towards full inclusion” for transgender athletes.

The 34-page policy document says that male-to-female transgender athletes could compete in the women’s category – but only “provided they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 [which marks the start of physical development], or before age 12, whichever is later”.

The decision was made during an extraordinary general congress at the ongoing World Championships in Budapest.

It means that transgender American college swimmer Lia Thomas, who has expressed a desire to compete for a place at the Olympics, would be blocked from participating in the female category.

Earlier Fina members heard a report from a transgender task force made up of leading figures from the world of medicine, law and sport.

“Fina’s approach in drafting this policy was comprehensive, science-based and inclusive, and, importantly, Fina’s approach emphasised competitive fairness,” said Brent Nowicki, the governing body’s executive director.

Fina president Husain Al-Musallam said the organisation was trying to “protect the rights of our athletes to compete” but also “protect competitive fairness”.

He said: “Fina will always welcome every athlete. The creation of an open category will mean that everybody has the opportunity to compete at an elite level. This has not been done before, so Fina will need to lead the way. I want all athletes to feel included in being able to develop ideas during this process.”

Former Great Britain swimmer Sharron Davies, who has argued against transgender participation in women’s elite swimming, told BBC Sport she was “really proud of Fina”.

“Four years ago, along with 60 other Olympic medallists, I wrote to the IOC and said ‘Please just do the science first’ and no governing body has done the science until now,” she said.

“That is what Fina has done. They’ve done the science, they’ve got the right people on board, they’ve spoken to the athletes, and coaches.

“Swimming is a very inclusive sport, we love everyone to come and swim and be involved. But the cornerstone of sport is that it has to be fair and it has to be fair for both sexes.

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Mrmoto

Great news common sense has prevailed!!

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“World Swimming Bans Transgender Swimmers From Women’s Races”

As a former competitive swimmer my response to this is, good! The body of a male is different from a female. Anyone who hasn’t realised that is delusional.

angelseal

“While people are being divided and pitted against each other sinister gangs like the WEF are having a ball.

The same type of people that were distracted in the past by made up issues such as class, skin colour, religion and culture don’t seem to care, or are even aware, that a bunch of undemocratic arseholes are slowly gaining control of the planet (maybe not so slowly).

Are our rulers incorrect when they refer to us as “useless eaters” ?

Kevin

They are incorrect in general. That isn’t to say there aren’t examples of people who the bible describes as good for nothing and lazy. That said, there are people who have engineered what we see today. Welfare state. The lack of morals. All of it engineered.

Abdel

I think technically the transformers may qualify for the Special Olympics.

Nev

 “Special Olympics” I see nothing special, only different, a Different Olympics, for those who refuse or don’t have the intelligence to know that there is a difference between men and women.

Gerry

I say they should have a Trans Olympics!!

Hell .. I’d even watch that!! (Imagine all the ‘bitch’ fighting … & trying to figure out who’s who and what’s what!!!)

What a buzz!!! 😃

Paint the whole world with a 🌈!

Nev

“leading figures from the world of medicine, law and sport.” they mean leading liars because if you tell the truth you are removed.

Vikki

I would love to stand up and applaud this decision but the pessimist and realist in me has it’s hand on my shoulder telling me to sit my triumphant, gloating arse back down.
The highly offended are going to be outraged at this precluded conclusion. They will in turn demand an appeal and it will be taken to whichever governing body or court (I admit I don’t know) oversees these decisions and it will be decided by some wig (be it a peruke or otherwise) wearing judge that trannys are entitled to the same rights to compete as everyone else and the continuing agenda to wipe out the natural order of sexes will be strengthened.
This in my opinion is a sham and we’re hurtling down a road from which we’re not going to be allowed to reverse back down.
I’m weary from it all.

Robert

Sadly, i think you are right. They will just keep knocking at the door until it comes crashing down.

Craig

‘…if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty.’

Hopefully (though I reserve the right to be sceptical) this won’t mean that the push to get pre-puberty kids to transition will increase.

Jennie

That was my thought when I read it.

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