FINA votes to restrict transgender athletes in elite women’s events
Caitlyn Jenner has taken to social media to celebrate the new ruling from swimming’s world governing body FINA, which has voted to ban athletes who have gone through male puberty from racing in women’s events.
It comes after the FINA also confirmed it will set up a working group with a view to establishing an open competition category, open to athletes “without regard to their sex, their legal gender, or their gender identity”.
Reacting on Twitter, Jenner – who is a transgender woman – marked the news by writing: “It worked! I took a lot of heat - but what’s fair is fair! If you go through male puberty you should not be able to take medals away from females. Period.”
It’s not the first time Jenner has spoken on the subject.
One tabloid once claimed her golf buddies were unhappy about her driving from tees designated for women because she was a pro at the sport long before transitioning. Jenner won the Olympic gold medal in Decathalon at the 1976 Olympics.
In an interview with Matt Lauer, she said she plays from the women’s tees but could handily beat him from the men’s tees if she wanted.
In 2017, she challenged Donald Trump to a game because she wanted to discuss politics one on one.
But he never called, and she quipped: “Maybe he hasn’t called because he doesn’t want to lose to a 67-year old trans woman.”
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