World swimming’s governing physique has adopted new guidelines for transgender athletes, solely allowing swimmers who transitioned earlier than age 12 to compete in ladies’s occasions.
FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the brand new “gender inclusion policy” on the group’s extraordinary basic congress on Sunday. It will apply to all its occasions from Monday.
The 24-page coverage additionally consists of proposals for a brand new “open competition” class. FINA stated it was establishing a “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.”
The vote got here after members heard displays from of three specialist teams _ an athlete group, a science and drugs group and a authorized and human rights group _ that had been working collectively to type the coverage following suggestions given by the International Olympic Committee final November.
The IOC urged shifting the main target from particular person testosterone ranges and calling for proof to show when a efficiency benefit existed.
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In March, Lia Thomas made historical past within the United States as the primary transgender girl to win an NCAA swimming championship. She gained the 500-yard freestyle.
Other sports activities have additionally been inspecting their guidelines.
On Thursday, biking’s governing physique up to date its eligibility guidelines for transgender athletes with stricter limits that can pressure riders to attend longer earlier than they will compete.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) elevated the transition interval on low testosterone to 2 years, and lowered the utmost accepted stage of testosterone.
The earlier transition interval was 12 months however the UCI stated latest scientific research present that “the awaited adaptations in muscle mass and muscle strength/power” amongst athletes who’ve made a transition from male to feminine takes at the very least two years.
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