FINA Votes to Restrict Transgender Women From Competitions

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Some common sense at last, the world's governing body and swimming. It's called Athena. Has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women's events. The female members voted 71% in favor of a policy, basically it only permits swimmers who have transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women's events. So the way this worked is that, well, the controversy was kind of driven by Leah Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer, biological male, a trans, who entered the transgender NCAA championship. Basically destroyed the competition, and people are going to say, wait a minute. So fina created a working group. This is an international body, by the way, a working group, and the working group was made up of medical experts, legal experts, sports figures to review all this. And they decided, you know what? We can't have it. And so at the Olympics and an international events, it's very simple. They use the key kind of marker of what they call Tanner stage two or before age 12. Whichever is later. So if you haven't transitioned by then, you can't do it. And now obviously they don't care the other way if you're a female to male transgender athlete. In other words, if you are transgender male, you are able to compete, but the idea is that if you are a biological man, lose transition to female, then you then you have

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