The left’s insane, biologically false transgender agenda just suffered a shocking setback in the world of sports.
In a victory for truth, fairness, and common sense, the governing body for international swimming effectively banned transgender athletes like Lia Thomas from women’s competitions after an outcry over the unfair advantages enjoyed by males, Fox News reported.
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The new “gender inclusion policy” by FINA prohibits male athletes from competing in women’s competitions unless they complete a gender transition by age 12.
Athletes must show proof that they have “complete androgen sensitivity and therefore could not experience male puberty.”
The policy is based on the scientific truth, disregarded by ideologues on the left, that male athletes have a biological advantage against women.
FINA acknowledged the factual basis of its policy, which passed by a 71 percent vote, in a remarkable statement.
“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,” James Pearce, spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press.
FINA says they will set up a separate, “open” category for males who identify as females to compete.
“We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially the women’s category at FINA competitions,” Al-Musallam said.
The policy change comes months after Thomas became the first man to win an NCAA Division I women’s championship, galvanizing a culture war over men participating in women’s sports. Republicans have sought to ban the practice, which Democrats and president Biden support.
Thomas has said he hopes to compete in the Olympics in 2024, but FINA’s decision rules that out.
University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines, one of Thomas’s former competitors, called FINA’s move a “step in the right direction” to restoring fairness.