Although the NCAA has allowed biological males to dominate women’s sports, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is handling things differently.
Lia Thomas and others have been banned from competing in women’s events on the world stage as FINA announced new standards regarding transgender swimmers.
The governing body of swimming voted for a new policy by an overwhelming 71.5 percent.
The new policy dictates that transgender swimmers must “have completed their transition by age 12 to be able to compete.”
A spokesperson for FINA clarified that this policy does mean the group supports early childhood transitioning.
James Pearce, the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, said, “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,” Pearce addedl
“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,” he continued.
“Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage.”
Thomas, who is 6’1″ biological male, won the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Championship in the 500-yard freestyle after switching from the men’s team to the women’s team. Thomas won’t have the opportunity to compete against women on the world stage.
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Setting aside the moral and ethical implications that come with the permanent gender-transitioning of children below the age of consent, or even puberty, the science is not clear as to whether or not such therapies would in fact eliminate male biological advantages.
According to an August 2019 study from the British Medical Journal — one of the world’s best-known medical journals — “hormone therapy will not eliminate all the performance advantages of a prior male physiology.”
This makes sense, given how extensive male physical advantages are.
According to a Psychology Today from July 2012, when compared with women, men have increased muscle mass, in terms of absolute quantity and percentage of total body mass; denser, stronger bones, ligaments and tendons; increased cardiovascular reserves due to larger hearts and greater lung volume as well as greater average height by about six inches, among other characteristics.
Regardless, the new FINA rule applies to the controversial NCAA champion and transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, effectively banning him from competing in any FINA events.