Swimming-Trans athlete Ivy slams FINA policy as ‘unscientific’
By Shrivathsa Sridhar
BENGALURU (Reuters) – Transgender cyclist Veronica Ivy questioned the move by swimming’s governing body FINA to restrict the participation of trans athletes in elite women’s competitions, telling Reuters that there had not been enough research to guide such decisions.
Ivy also criticised FINA’s plans to explore an “open” category as part of its policy that was passed following a vote at its extraordinary general congress on Sunday, saying such a move does not show respect to trans athletes.
FINA’s decision, the strictest by any Olympic sports body, came after members heard a report from a transgender task force comprising medical, legal and sports figures.
The new eligibility policy for FINA competitions states that male-to-female transgender athletes