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The FINA, the international governing body of swimming, has hit back at a new “gender policy” approved Sunday that sets the standard for participation in the sport of transgender athletes.

The “Gender Policy” only allows swimmers under the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new policies. There is also a proposal for a new “open competition policy”. The company said it was setting up a “new working group that will spend the next six months looking for the most effective ways to set up this new category.”

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In The 24-page policy was released on SundayFINA explains how transgender men and women will be allowed to compete under the new rules.

LGBTQ + rights groups and other swimmers say the policy is hurting transgender athletes.

“FINA’s new eligibility criteria for transgender athletes are discriminatory, harmful, unethical and do not conform to the 2021 IOC principles.

Joni Madison, interim president of the Human Rights Campaign, also spoke about the FINA decision.

“This abrupt and discriminatory decision is a vicious attack on transgender athletes who have acted in line with long-term policies, which have allowed them to participate for years without problems. We want to rethink and include all athletes, including transgender women, and allow them to participate in sports without being discriminated against, abused or harassed, “Madison said in a statement.

Jonathan Van Ness was among those who spoke out against FINA policies.

Jonathan Van Ness was among those who spoke out against FINA policies.
(Jemal Countess / Getty Images)

“We know and believe that young athletes who are discouraged by this approach deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that transgender children, like their peers, deserve to learn sportsmanship, self-many opportunities, discipline, and teamwork, and a sense of togetherness with their peers. . “

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Others have also made a splash on social media.

FINA says transgender men are eligible to compete in FINA competitions and to set world records in the men’s category:

“In the case of water polo and high diving, the athlete must provide the FINA with an idea of ​​the signed and dated risk form, or if the athlete is a minor, their legal proxy” or “All Athletes undergoing treatment will receive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for that treatment in accordance with FINA Doping Control Rules Testosterone or other anabolic substances are needed as part of the sex therapy to get the sex. “

If transgender women and athletes are of a legitimate gender and / or gender identity, they can compete in FINA – sanctioned events “if they are able to obtain the comfortable satisfaction of FINA that they have not experienced any part of the male adulthood beyond Tanner Stage 2 or 12 years later.”

Leah Thomas 2022 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship March 17, 2022 at the McAllie Aquatic Center on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leah Thomas 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship March 17, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Mike Comer / NCAA photos by Getty Images)

The athlete must be “fully androgen sensitive and therefore not experiencing male puberty” or “they may be androgen sensitive, although male puberty is suppressed from stage 2 or under 12, whichever is later, less than 2.5 nm / l (2.5 nm / L). Or plasma) their testosterone levels or “accidental deviation from the requirement of less than 2.5 nmol / L may result in a future period of disqualification and / or deliberate deviation of less than 2.5 nmol / L. -The future duration of disqualification may be equal to or more than the period imposed under the FINA DRC for doping rule violations. “

Transgender athletes who do not meet the eligibility criteria can compete in “any outdoor events” that the company may develop in the future.

The international governing body for Elite Swimming’s new approach to transgender athletes is “the best evolution” for the future of sport, FINA’s top medical officer David Gerard said Monday.

“In my view, FINA’s approach to this is very enlightening, it is very balanced, it has been informed,” Gerard told Reuters. “It recognizes the athlete’s voice, scientific, objective evidence and to some extent subjective, human rights (and) legal issues that have been strongly argued by the lawyers present.

The logo of the International Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Open Water Swimming, FINA will be on display at the FINA World Championships in Rome on July 25, 2009.

The logo of the International Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Open Water Swimming, FINA will be on display at the FINA World Championships in Rome on July 25, 2009.
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“I hope that model is considered by other sports.”

Gerrard, a former New Zealand Olympian, added that flexibility in sport was the main problem the FINA was trying to tackle and predicted it would still be a problem.

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“This is an issue we face, and the debate will continue,” he said. “But when it comes to fairness and when it comes to security, you have to draw a line in the sand.”