Caitlyn Jenner Weighs In on Trans Swimmer Ban: 'What's Fair Is Fair'

Caitlyn Jenner has expressed her approval of the recent ban on transgender women taking part in elite female swimming competitions.

The former Olympian and reality TV star, who herself is a transgender woman, took to Twitter after FINA, the sport's world governing body, announced that transgender women would not be allowed in major women's races as of Monday, June 20.

"It worked! I took a lot of heat—but what's fair is fair!" Jenner tweeted on June 19.

"If you go through male puberty you should not be able to take medals away from females. Period."

The new restrictions were introduced during an extraordinary general congress during the World Championships in Budapest.

FINA is known as the international swimming federation that the International Olympic Committee recognizes. FINA stated it's working to create an "open" category for some events for transgender swimmers who want to compete.

The new policy doesn't completely disqualify transgender women from participating in women's sports. Transgender competitors must have completed their transition by the age of 12 in order to take part.

"This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It's what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair," FINA spokesperson James Pearce told the Associated Press.

"They're not saying everyone should transition by age 11; that's ridiculous. You can't transition by that age in most countries, and hopefully you wouldn't be encouraged to. Basically, what they're saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage."

Jenner, 72, has been vocal about her stance on this issue previously.

"All of this woke world that we are living in right now is not working," she said on Fox News earlier this year.

"I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anybody she's competing against, because in the woke world, you've got to say, 'Oh, my gosh, this is great,' No, it's not."

FINA's new ruling will exclude University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas from elite competition.

Transgender athletes competing in women's swimming started making headlines earlier this year when Penn swimmer Thomas became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I title in any event.

Anne Lieberman, who is part of Athlete Ally, which advocates for LGBTQ+ athletes, said any enforcement of the new FINA rule would violate the "privacy and human rights" of each athlete.

"The eligibility criteria for the women's category as it is laid out in the policy [will] police the bodies of all women, and will not be enforceable without seriously violating the privacy and human rights of any athlete looking to compete in the women's category,'' Lieberman said in a statement.

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Transgender woman Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania talks to a reporter after winning the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship on March 17, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia, and Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on March 27, 2022, in West Hollywood, California. Jenner has expressed her approval of the recent ban on transgender women taking part in elite female swimming competitions. Getty Images