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New FINA policy limits transgender participation

Swimming's international governing body, FINA, voted for a "new policy that will restrict most transgender athletes from competing in elite women's aquatics." FINA approved the "gender inclusion" policy on Sunday in Budapest, where 71.5% of its member federations "voted in support." The policy, effective as of today, states that "male-to-female transgender athletes will only be eligible to compete in the women's categories in FINA competitions if they transition before the age of 12 or before they reach stage two on the puberty Tanner Scale." The policy also provides guidelines for female-to-male hormone treatment. FINA will establish a working group to "develop open category events for athletes that do not meet the governing body's eligibility criteria for men's or women's categories" (CNN.com, 6/20).

HEADLINE COVERAGE: N.Y. TIMES front page: "FINA Restricts Transgender Women From Competing at Elite Level" ... WASHINGTON POST: "FINA vote restricts transgender athletes in women’s competitions" ... FOXNEWS.com: "FINA medical official hopes transgender-athlete policies are model for other sports" ... NEWS.com.au: "‘Sets transgender rights back 100 years’: Swimming at war over bombshell decision"

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