Caitlyn Jenner has called for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to immediately stop transgender athletes from competing against their biological counterparts.
Jenner, Bruce and a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in men’s decathlon. In 2015 she switched to being a female.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Governors is to undertake a review of its rules on transgender athletes.
Jenner stated that there is no question in her mind the rules must be altered.
Jenner wrote on Twitter that biological boys shouldn’t compete with biological boys. This Woke world, in which we are living right now, isn’t working.
Caitlyn Jenner stated that the “woke world” isn’t working for women’s sport and called on NCAA to change their transgender policy.
Jenner wrote on Twitter that biological boys shouldn’t compete with biological boys.
Thomas was pictured being beaten twice last week in the women’s swimming meet by another transgender competitor, who is changing from being a female to a male.
‘We need to protect women’s sports, and the NCAA needs to make the right decision tomorrow, and I think that’s probably to stop this right now, rethink it,’ Jenner then told Fox News during a Wednesday interview.
Jenner spoke as Lia Thomas, an Ivy League swimmer continues to break women’s records.
The former-athlete-turned-reality-television-stars said she could not understand why Thomas, 22, who attends the University of Pennsylvania, chose to swim against women after serving three years on the men’s team. It was detrimental to both transgender communities and women’s sport, she said.
According to me, “Number 1”, biological boys should not play in women’s sports.
“It’s sad that this is happening. It’s not clear why she does it. She is aware that she beats the competition every time she swims. Born a biological male, her biological father was a biological man. Her heart is larger. Her respiratory system also is larger. Her hands can be larger. She is able to swim faster. Jenner stated that this is an established fact.
Jenner declared that she was certain the rules needed to change and cited Lia Thomas’s case at UPenn.
Thomas became transgender in 2019, and was allowed to move from the men’s team to join the women’s under NCAA rules. He had taken testosterone suppressants for a year.
It is not possible to live in this kind of waking reality. My heart goes out to Penn’s other athletes, and anyone she is competing against.
Jenner said, “We must protect women’s sport, and the NCAA should make the right choice tomorrow.”
The NCAA’s current rules allow male-to-female gender transgender athletes to participate on the women’s side of the competition after one year of hormonal suppression.
Critics believe that transgender athletes are not able to eliminate any physical advantages that males may have. They also claim that their tallness and muscularity give them an advantage over female competitors.
UPenn’s Thomas holds the NCAA’s record for the fastest women’s time this season, in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle.
Thomas’ participation in swimming meets has been supported publicly by UPenn as well as the Ivy League. “Lia Thomas met or exceeded all NCAA protocol over the last two years to be a transgender student-athlete for a female team. This season, she will represent Penn’s women’s swim team at competition.
Jenner stated that transitioning is a responsibility.
“First, I admire her choice to live her authentic life, 100 percent, but this also requires some responsibility and integrity. “I don’t know what she is doing,” she stated.
It’s not good to the trans community if it’s one. We have many issues that make it very hard and challenging for trans people. Our suicide rate is nine times greater than that of the general population. Jenner said that it is also bad for women’s sport, noting that this topic has existed for many decades.
“Maybe there should be stricter rules on such a topic. This issue has been a concern of the International Olympic Committee for some time. Back when I was competing, we had the East German women, we had the Soviet women. It was the Soviet women who were there when I had my final lifting session at the Olympics. She was a East German girl throwing the discus. This girl was much more powerful than me, and we all wondered if that was because of male hormones.
Bruce Jenner, celebrating during his historic performance in the Decathlon at Montreal’s 1976 Summer Olympics.
Bruce Jenner was the winner of the silver medal in the 1976 summer Olympics decathlon
While the NCAA states that they will be reviewing its guidelines on Thursday for male-to–female transathletes, it has not yet commented on whether any changes may be in store.
Thomas has not been publicly criticized by any of her fellow swimmers, however, some anonymously voiced concerns about Thomas, stating that Thomas is arrogant and her teammates are unhappy, while their coach is obsessed with winning.
The American Swimming Coaches Association released a statement this weekend stating that the NCAA’s current policy on transgender women competing in the women’s division can be unjust to them.
The Ivy League, Penn and Harvard have also issued statements showing their support for Thomas and her participation in sports.
The league declared that the Ivy League “reaffirms its unwavering dedication to providing an inclusive atmosphere for all student athletes while condemning any form of transphobia or discrimination,”
Michael Phelps is an Olympic swimmer and has now reacted to controversy surrounding Lia Thomas being a transgender athlete on the women’s team.
Last week, champion swimmer Michael Phelps described the controversy as being ‘very complicated’ – before adding that sports need a ‘level playing field’ to be fair.
Phelps, the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals, compared the issue of athletes like Thomas to doping in order to secure a competitive advantage in the pool.
Speak to CNN, Phelps insisted that there was something to be done regarding current NCAA guidelines which allow Thomas to compete with swimmers who were born male, but couldn’t share specific suggestions.
“I believe this brings back the organizing committees because there must be an equal playing field. It’s what we all want. That’s why sports are so important. This is where I am at the moment. It’s not clear what will happen.
Phelps, who also holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals at 13, said he simply wants to see a fairness across the sport.
He said, “I believe we should all feel at ease with our skin. However, I believe all sports should be played in an equitable manner.”
“I’m not sure what the future looks like.” It’s hard. It is complicated. This is what I love about my sport.
Phelps holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals at 13. Phelps stated that he just wants fairness in the sport.