Swimming world adopts new policy for transgender athletes


by: CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has adopted new rules for transgender athletes, allowing only swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events.

FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new “gender inclusion policy” at the organization’s Extraordinary General Congress on Sunday. It will apply to all its events from Monday.

The 24-page policy also includes proposals for a new “open competition” category. FINA said it was setting up “a new task force that will spend the next six months researching the most effective ways to create this new category.”

The vote took place after members heard presentations from three groups of specialists – an athlete group, a scientific and medical group and a legal and human rights group – who had worked together to develop the policy following the recommendations given by the International Olympic Committee last November.

The IOC urged shifting the focus from individual testosterone levels and asking for evidence to prove when a performance advantage existed.

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