FINA the world governing body of swimming has voted to ban most men who identify as women from competing in women’s swimming competitions. The FINA transgender policy was passed by a majority vote by commission members. Based on science and fairness. The new rules state that no male who has gone through puberty will be eligible to compete in women’s FINA events or break a Women’s FINA World Record. 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. The ban effectively bans transgender swimmer Lia Thomas from competing at FINA events. The ban is part of the new “gender inclusion policy” that was passed on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an “open competition category.” FINA is currently setting up “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up the new “open competition category.”
Caitlyn Jenner had the following to say about the ruling from FINA’s committee members. Caitlyn Jenner who is a transgender woman said “It worked! I took a lot of heat – but what’s fair is fair! If you go through male puberty you should not be able to take medals away from females. Period.” Caitlyn came out as a trans woman in April of 2015. Jenner woman Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete on the man’s team before transitioning into a transgender woman.