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FINA bans transgender women from competing at the elite level


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FINA, the international swimming federation, has banned transgender women from competing if they have reached male puberty.

new policyannounced by the federation on Sunday, requires transgender athletes who wish to compete in women’s competitions either never experience male puberty or suppress it at the stage when physical changes begin to appear, or by age 12, whichever has occurred. after.

Such athletes will also have to prove to the federation that since then they have constantly lowered their testosterone levels.

“We must protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we must also protect the integrity of the competition at our events, especially in the women’s category at FINA competitions,” Hussein Al Musallam, President of the Federation. said in a statement.

He added that the organization also created an additional open category to give every athlete “the opportunity to compete at an elite level.”

On Sunday, FINA’s member federations voted in favor of adopting the policy, the organization said in a statement, adding that 71.5 percent of members were in favor of adopting it.
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The policy was developed by a working group set up in November that included athletes, scientists, medical and legal experts.

The new policy will take effect on Monday.

This is an evolving story. Keep for updates.

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