U.S. House Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) applauded the move by FINA to ban transgender athletes from competing unless they’ve transitioned before the age of 12, puberty.
While some may be concerned that it will push more children to transition sooner, it will at least prevent those like Lia Thomas from being able to compete currently.
Boebert declared in a tweet, “I commend FINA for their stand to save women’s sports!”
“We need more organizations to be bold, be brave, and stand up to the woke mob!” Boebert insisted.
I commend FINA for their stand to save women’s sports!— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 20, 2022
We need more organizations to be bold, be brave, and stand up to the woke mob!
As we previously reported, FINA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competitions in water sports.
The new “gender inclusion policy” permits those who have transitioned before puberty or the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. The members voted 71.5% in favor of the policy. The governing body also working to set up an “open category” for them to compete in, saying “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.”
James Pearce, the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press, “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair”
“They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and hopefully, you wouldn’t be encouraged to. Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage.”
This move should set the standards for global swimming competition and opens the door for NCAA and high school swimming to also follow the lead of FINA.
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has dominated the news in women’s college swimming this past year. Thomas had said she wanted to continue to swim after college and was eyeing the 2024 U.S. Olympic trials. This move bans her from competing in the women’s category in those events.
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