University of Pennsylvania Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Banned From Elite Competition

University of Pennsylvania Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Banned From Elite Competition


FINA, world swimming’s governing body, has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.

The governing body voted to stop transgender athletes from competing in women’s elite races if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty.

The new policy, which was passed with 71% of the vote from 152 FINA members, requires transgender competitors to have completed their transition by the age of 12 in order to be able to compete in women’s competitions.

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“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,” James Pearce, who is the spokesperson for FINA

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