Transgender women swimmers barred from female competitions by Fina


  • Athletes must prove they have ‘not experienced male puberty’
  • New policy follows the report of a scientific panel

Swimming’s world governing body, Fina, has voted to bar transgender women from elite female competitions if they have experienced any part of male puberty, in a seismic decision that sets it apart from most Olympic sports.

The decision, decided by 71% of the vote of 152 national federations at the world championships in Budapest, followed a report from a Fina scientific panel which found that trans women retained a significant advantage over cisgender female swimmers even after reducing their testosterone levels through medication.

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Written by Sean Ingle
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