BREAKING: World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events, proposes new category

Moments ago, the AP tweeted:

World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.

FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of a policy that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events.

James Pearce, who speaks for  FINA’s President told the AP “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair.”

“They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and hopefully you wouldn’t be encouraged to. Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage,” he added.

The report adds:

FINA’s new 24-page policy also includes proposals for a new “open competition” category. The organization said it was setting up “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.”

Pearce told the AP that the open competition would most likely mean more events, but those details still need to be worked out.

“No one quite knows how this is going to work. And we need to include a lot of different people, including transgender athletes, to work out how it would work,” he said. “So there are no details of how that would work. The open category is something that will start being discussed tomorrow.”