FINA announces the limitation of swimming competitions for “Transgender athletes”

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On June 20, 2022, foreign news agencies reported that the World Swimming Federation (FINA) voted to limit the competition in women’s swimming. for transgender athletes The vote received a majority of 71% from 152 member states at the Puskas Arena, Hungary.

The president of FINA insists that he wants to protect the rights of athletes to compete. But at the same time, the World Swimming Federation has to protect the fairness of the competition. especially for women’s swimming competitions, stressing that FINA’s approach to decisions is based on science. and fairness

For such resolutions It happened after a wave of criticism about the unfairness of the race because “Lia Thomas” (Lia Thomas), a transgender swimmer. from the University of Pennsylvania to become an NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming Championship. 500 yd freestyle at the beginning of 2022

Thomas had previously announced he wanted to compete for a medal at the Olympic Games, but the new FINA rules seem to close the door to her entry in women’s swimming. at the world sporting event

The new eligibility requirements for FINA competition state that male cross athletes are eligible to compete. Must be adolescents who have not had any sexual development at puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before the age of 12.

The doctor said there was not enough information. Transgender athletes have an advantage

while Dr. Thanapob Bumphenkiatkul Center specializing in transgender health Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University Interview with Thai PBS Online stated that Tanner Stage 2 is the development at the beginning of puberty. By the onset of the sexual development of the body that is becoming more evident, such as boys who begin to grow testicles and begin to develop pubic hair.

during this time If the child does not want to develop his own biological gender. You can consult a doctor for an evaluation. and lead to the drug to inhibit the entry into adolescence

As for the transgender decision In other countries, the use of cross-sex hormones is required at the age of 16, while in Thailand, the age limit is 18, with parental permission. It was noted that the physique of transgender women is different from that of women. This is possible in cases where hormones are not suppressed. or use estrogen as directed by your doctor.

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Dr. Thanapob states that the issue of rules or restrictions in each sport Each organization and country is different. But nowadays in the medical field There isn’t enough research to clearly answer the question. Is it true that transgender athletes have an advantage over all sporting events, so waiting for more academic information might be the best solution right now?

Sources: Reuters, BBC

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