Biological males cannot take part in competitive swimming without ruining the sport, an international organization of coaches declared in a lengthy report issued this week.
The declaration from the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) follows University of Pennsylvania women’s swimmer and biological male Lia Thomas winning an NCAA championship in March, just one year after competing as a male. The organization said allowing transgender athletes to compete dooms the sport’s competitive balance.
“For the sport of swimming, the inclusion of transgender people on the grounds of fairness cannot co-exist in the current competitive model,” read the statement, reported by Swimming World magazine. “Swimming should choose to offer competition in which the female category is protected for reasons of competitive fairness.”
In March, Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title after finishing first in the women’s 500-yard freestyle. Some of Thomas’s teammates and competitors complained publicly and privately that it was not fair for them to have to compete against the almost 6-foot, 4-inch biological male.
The group said it is committed to finding a way to include transgender swimmers in competition, possibly by forming a “trans division.” But it was adamant that biological males should not race against women.
“The inclusion of transgender people into female sport cannot be balanced with fairness due to the retained differences in strength, stamina and physique that are present when comparing the average female with the average transgender female/non-binary person who was assigned male at birth (whether with or without the involvement of testosterone suppression),” the statement read. “This is the primary factor to be considered in an endeavor to balance fairness with inclusion.”
Thomas’s swimming pool exploits this year prompted lawmakers in several states to take steps to exclude biological males from participating in women’s sports. In addition, Republicans in the House and Senate sought last month to prohibit schools that receive federal funds from allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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