Great success for Lia Thomas. She became the first transgender athlete born with male gender characteristics to win a college race in the United States. The swimmer made history with her triumph over the 500 yards freestyle at the college championships in the USA. It is the highest title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) category. Nevertheless, Thomas divides the swimming world. Apparently she has physical advantages despite hormone therapy. Now there are heated debates and protests. In one state, their success is apparently not recognized. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis even signed a statement. In this, Emma Weyant from Florida is recognized as the winner of a collegiate swimming competition for women.
In his opinion, the NCAA would destroy women’s opportunities. “Now the NCAA is trying to destroy women’s sport, they’re trying to undermine the integrity of the competition, and they’re crowning someone else as the women’s champion, and we think that’s wrong.” However, Lia beat Thomas Weyent by 1.75 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle race. This made her the NCAA’s first transgender champion. In any case, DeSantis is considered an ally of Trump. In addition, he is traded as a candidate for Florida governor for the 2024 presidential election.
At a press conference, DeSantis emphasized that Weyant set the fastest time for him in the women’s race. Particularly explosive: Only three years ago, the transgender swimmer Lia Thomas still competed as a man in swimming competitions. This caused criticism, especially among teammates, as she has a physiological advantage and they are disadvantaged. Before the competition, a small group demonstrated with banners, expressing their displeasure with the transgender swimmer’s participation. After her victory, Thomas had to be content with restrained applause.
In any case, the swimming association in the USA presented new guidelines. These prescribe, among other things, a stricter testosterone limit. However, these guidelines were not applied. In any case, Thomas wants to go to the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024. I’m a woman like everyone else in the team. I don’t know exactly what my future in swimming is, but I would like to continue. I want to swim and compete the way I am,” said Thomas. Last January, the IOC presented a new catalog of rules that provided relief for transgender athletes.