International Swimming Federation (GOOD) passed a resolution regarding the participation of transgender swimmers in women’s elite competitions. After the body vote, it was concluded that trans athletes going through male puberty cannot compete in this category. The news comes after intense debate over the results and sporting achievements of American swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first known trans woman to win the US national event in the women’s category in March.

FINA’s new policy was approved by 71% of the 152 members’ votes at the extraordinary general meeting. world Championship Transgender contestants to be held in Budapest must complete their pass before the age of 12 to compete in the women’s competitions.