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Earlier this week, @barfly wrote a post reporting on the rules adopted by the international governing authority in swimming, FINA, on so-called transgender athletes. Specifically, the rules addressed the issue of biologically male swimmers who wished to engage in so-called transition, and then compete as females.
Barfly’s post includes the specific text of the rule, the essence of which is to prohibit anyone from competing in swimming as a woman if he has “experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.” There is also a requirement for demonstrating the continued maintenance of a low testosterone level.