The world governing body for swimming, FINA, has voted to restrict participation of transgender athletes in elite swimming competitions, effective Monday.
The new rule, which passed by a 71% majority of all members, states that it will require transgender competitors to have completed their transition by the age of 12 to be able to compete in women’s competitions.
The new decision took place at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary — 152 nations’ federations were gathered and heard a report from a transgender task force made up of leading medical and sports figures.
No word from transgender athlete Lia Thomas, who recently won NCAA women’s championship swimming events.
Under the new FINA policy, they will spend the next 6 months investigating an open category for these athletes.