A former teammate of Lia Thomas, along with a rival team member who once tied with Thomas, blasted the transgender college swimmer’s championship title as illegitimate after swimming’s international governing body, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), issued stringent new restrictions on transgender swimmers.
On Monday, FINA released a new “gender inclusion policy” that allows only transgender swimmers who transitioned from male to female before age 12 to compete in women’s events.
“I’m very hopeful about it,” Thomas’ teammate, who was granted anonymity out of fear of backlash, said of the new restrictions.
“I am incredibly happy that Lia Thomas will never be an Olympic gold medalist. I think that’s great. But this doesn’t actually fix the NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association],” she told The Daily Wire.
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