Les transgenres bannies des courses féminines

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 3:58 p.m.

The International Swimming Federation has decided that transgender swimmers will no longer be able to compete with women, but in a new category called “open”.

On the sidelines of the world championships, which take place from June 18 to July 3 in Budapest and got off to a perfect start for the French prodigy Léon Marchand, the International Swimming Federation (Fina) has finally taken a position on a thorny subject: that of transgender swimmers. . Because the controversy continues to swell, especially in the United States, since the outbreak of Lia Thomasa male-born swimmer who in March became the first transgender athlete in history to win an NCAA championship, winning in 4’33″24 over the 500 yards (just over 457 meters), while she only had the 65th time of the men’s team at her university (Pennsylvania) over the distance. But she, along with the other swimmers in the same case, will no longer be able to compete with the women, announced Fina, but in a separate category called “open”.

“Protecting Equity”

“We must protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we must also protect the fairness of competition at our events, especially the women’s category at Fina competitions, explained its president Husain Al-Musallam. Fina will always welcome every athlete. Creating an open category will mean that everyone will have the opportunity to compete at an elite level. This has never been done before, so Fina will have to lead the way. I want all athletes to feel included with the possibility of developing ideas during this process.” A new regulation came into force on Monday, and which will only concern those who have become women after puberty.

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