USA Swimming issues a new policy establishing eligibility requirements for elite transgender athletes. This rule change comes following Lia Thomas's controversial participation on the UPenn women's swim team as a trans female. She has received an abundance of support and criticism, but her future at the college level hangs in the balance. The NCAA and USA Swimming have announced new policies for transgender athletes, affecting Thomas' eligibility this season. USA Swimming Policy According to USA Swimming, to decide a transgender swimmer's eligibility at the elite level, three independent medical experts will determine whether an individual's prior physical development as a man gives the athlete a competitive advantage over cisgender competitors. This policy pertains to athletes in the 13-14 age group and older and anyone who wishes to set American records. The swimmer will also be requ...
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