Swimming’s world Governing body, Fina, will ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s elite races
The new policy passed with 71% of the vote from 152 Fina members and was announced at the Extraordinary Congress 2022 in Budapest.
The new ban applies to athletes who have gone through any stage of male puberty.
This means if transgender athletes want to compete then they must have transitioned by the age of 12.
The sporting body will now work on creating an ‘open’ category for transgender athletes, with a team working on this immediately.
Fina’s President Husain Al-Musallam says they’re working to “protect the rights of athletes to compete” but also “protect competitive fairness”.
Fina’s Executive Director Brent Nowicki says the policy is “comprehensive, science-based, and inclusive, and, importantly, Fina’s approach emphasised competitive fairness.”
Transgender participation has been a contentious topic in all sports around the world. Most recently, American swimmer Lia Thomas’ participation divided communities.
Thomas has consistently expressed a desire to compete but this new policy will block Thomas from participating in the female category.
While some say Transgender participation is unfair for competing athletes, others argue it’s discrimination to not let transgender athletes compete in women’s events.
For now, this new policy stands as the most historic rule and regulation on transgender participation.
Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay
Campbell Johnstone hopes his admission will help reduce stigma around sexuality
Former New Zealand rugby player Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay.
He hopes his public announcement will help “take away the pressure and stigma” for those struggling with their sexuality.
Johnstone says he told his friends and family “a long time ago” but kept his true self hidden from the public during his playing career.
He says he lived a “double life” because his sexuality did not fit with the image of an All Black player.
His vision of a player was someone who was “manly, strong … possibly had a wife, kids” – even blaming his sexuality when he performed poorly during a game.
The former prop played three Tests in 2005 – with his last match against the British and Irish Lions.
Between 2002 and 2012, he made 38 appearances for the Crusaders, 72 for Canterbury and 105 for the French side Biarritz.
In the interview, Johnstone says it’s “a little bit sad that we are actually having to do this”, adding he can’t believe how far and wide the news has spread. #trending #featured
Novak Djokovic claims 22nd Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic has won his 10th Australian Open title, this time by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, in the final
The win was also the Serbian’s 22nd Grand Slam, equalling Rafa Nadal on the same amount of Majors.
Djokovic was unable to defend his title last year after being deported from the country over his Covid-19 vaccination status.
This year at Melbourne Park, he had a hamstring injury to deal with, as well the fallout of his father being filmed with a group of Russian supporters at the Australian Open.
Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open
A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.
Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.
A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.
Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.
After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.
She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.
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