They will review their policies…
FIFA and World Athletics They affirmed this Monday that they are reviewing your eligibility policiesAfter the International Swimming Federation (FINA) passed new rules that restrict the participation of transsexuals in women’s events.
Fine voted this Sunday in favor of restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions and create a working group to establish a category “open” in some events as part of its new policy.
The new guidelines state that transgender women can only compete in women’s competitions if they “can establish to the full satisfaction of FINA that have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner stage 2 (of puberty) or before the age of 12whichever is later”.
A FIFA spokesman said to Reuters that the entity was in a consultation process on a new policy.
FIFA is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with experts. Due to the nature of the process, FIFA is not in a position to comment on the details of the proposed amendments to the existing regulations.
While, sebastian coePresident of World Athleticssaid to the BBC that the council of the organization would debate its regulation at the end of the year.
World Athletics president Lord Coe has hinted the sport could follow swimming in banning transgender women from elite female competitions, insisting “fairness is non-negotiable”.
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Coe praised FINA for making the decision, which has been criticized by transgender rights advocates.
We see an international federation asserting its primacy in establishing rules, regulations and policies that benefit its sport. This is how it should be. We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to revise our regulations in line with this. We will follow the science.
And added the former athlete, today manager:
We continue to study, research and contribute to the growing evidence that testosterone is a key determinant of performance, and have scheduled a discussion of our regulations with our council later in the year.
Last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a “framework” on the issue, leaving the eligibility decisions in the hands of individual sports bodies.
But the Olympic body added that:
Until evidence determines otherwise, athletes should not be considered to have an unfair or disproportionate competitive advantage due to variations in gender, physical appearance, and/or transgender status.
The resolution of FINA comes as swimming has been rocked by a controversy surrounding the American transgender swimmer Lia Thomaswho until 2019 competed as a man (William) and was part of the men’s team of the University of Pennsylvania for three years, she changed her sex and last year she returned to participate in an official competition between women, breaking all the records in their tests.
(With information from Reuters)