World Swimming Organization Bans Transgender Swimmers Beyond Age 12
FINA (Fédération internationale de natation), the governing body for international swimming events has instituted a new policy for transgendered swimmers. They have released a 24 page policy document.
No male swimmer will be allowed to enter women’s competitions unless they “transitioned” to female before the age of 12.
This means that Lia Thomas, the transgender man who claims to be a woman, is banned from women’s swimming.
FINA has proposed an “open competition” category that will allow transgendered athletes to compete.
Transgendered men are also welcome to compete as men, unless
“For the disciplines of Water Polo and High Diving, the athlete must provide to FINA an assumption of risk form signed and dated by the athlete or if the athlete is a minor, by their legal proxy” or “All athletes who are undergoing treatment involving testosterone or other anabolic substances as part of female-to-male genderaffirming hormone treatment are required to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for that treatment in accordance with the FINA Doping Control Rules.”
As best I can tell, this is actually a good and fair solution to the problem. The number of males “transitioned” before age 12 Is tiny. (This is child abuse, but beside the point at the moment). They would not have had the surge of testosterone-generated growth of a normal teenage boy. Given the infrequency of elite level swimmers in the general population, the odds of someone fitting into this category and being allowed to compete are small.
So they have managed to completely eliminate the problem, while conforming to the “woke” B.S. and actually respecting the science.
I’ll take it.