Fina, the international swimming federation and ruling body for Olympic water sports, announced on Sunday that “it is barring transgender women from competing in women’s competitions if they have gone through male puberty”:

From FINA: “If you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair”:

These are being called “seismic changes to the eligibility of transgender women in female sport”:

And the Associated Press says this “has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events”:

From the AP:

“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, who is the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press.

“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 means the University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas will be banned from future international competitions:

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