World swimming physique adopts new guidelines for transgender athletes – Nationwide

World swimming physique adopts new guidelines for transgender athletes – Nationwide

World swimming’s governing physique has adopted new guidelines for transgender athletes, solely allowing swimmers who transitioned earlier than age 12 to compete in girls’s occasions.

FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the brand new “gender inclusion coverage” on the group’s extraordinary normal congress on Sunday. It’s going to apply to all its occasions from Monday.

The 24-page coverage additionally contains proposals for a brand new “open competitors” class. FINA mentioned it was establishing a “a brand new working group that can spend the subsequent six months taking a look at the best methods to arrange this new class.”

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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 Worldwide Olympic Committee final November.

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The IOC urged shifting the main focus 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 in the US as the primary transgender lady to win an NCAA swimming championship. She gained the 500-yard freestyle.

Different sports activities have additionally been analyzing their guidelines.

On Thursday, biking’s governing physique up to date its eligibility guidelines for transgender athletes with stricter limits that can drive riders to attend longer earlier than they will compete.

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The Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) elevated the transition interval on low testosterone to 2 years, and lowered the utmost accepted degree of testosterone.

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The earlier transition interval was 12 months however the UCI mentioned current scientific research present that “the awaited variations in muscle mass and muscle power/energy” amongst athletes who’ve made a transition from male to feminine takes at the very least two years.

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