The international governing body for competitive swimming, FINA, is facing criticism for a new policy that could incentivize children to pursue sex changes.
FINA’s new gender inclusion policy, enacted Sunday, requires transgender competitors who wish to compete in women’s events to have transitioned by age 12. 71.5% of FINA members voted in favor of the new policy, which will also apply to collegiate competitions sanctioned by the NCAA.
Voices on both sides of the transgender athlete debate criticized the new policy. LGBT rights advocates said the policy was effectively a ban on [transgenders] from competing in women’s events. Proponents claimed the policy was long past due, because biological men who transitioned to being female after beginning puberty have a competitive advantage over biological women also competing.
This is essentially a ban of trans women from swimming entirely, unless they start transitioning under the age of 12.
No Olympics. They'll create a "separate category" which will basically have a single swimmer per race by themselves.
This is terrible.https://t.co/4itu8m8e5q
— Erin Reed (@ErinInTheMorn) June 19, 2022
Sure it’s great that men are no longer allowed to compete in elite women’s swimming but I can’t get past the rule that boys must medically ‘transition’ before the age of 12 in order to complete. This is a dangerous and irresponsible policy. #FINA
— Venice Allan (@roseveniceallan) June 19, 2022
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