“It’s Just Not Fair”- Olympic Swimming Legend Takes a Stand Against Lia Thomas’ Inclusion in Female Category

Published 04/21/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

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The controversy that was stirred up by the victory of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has traveled a long way. It’s no longer a debate, just confined to the NCAA competition. It has now become a global matter. After every known sports personality shares their opinion on the matter, here comes the Australian Olympic champion Emma McKeon with her thoughts.

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Emma McKeon is one of the most decorated Australian swimmers of all time. Additionally, with four world records under her name and 11 Olympic medals, she has been dominating the sport since 2013. Let’s hear out what she has to say about the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports.

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Emma McKeon talks about Lia Thomas’ controversy

Like every female athlete, Emma’s first reaction to the matter is obviously fear. She said, “I mean, I personally wouldn’t want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male, so that’s a concern. It’s not a new thing, but it’s new in that sport, swimming, are going to have to deal with it.”

Though she has full faith in the sports system as she further adds, “I don’t think I’m going to have to race against a trans swimmer, I don’t think it’s going to come to that point. The sport has to think about how to handle it and how to deal with it, because you do want to be inclusive, but you don’t want to have females racing against swimmers who are biologically male because it’s just not fair.”

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A swimmer who everyone is talking about

Lia Thomas has certainly been the most talked-about sports personality in the past couple of months. Her victory in the NCAA championship has brought her much limelight. However, it’s the kind of attention that she wouldn’t have wanted for herself, but it is what it is. Since the controversy has gotten international recognition, it would be interesting to see what proceeds from here on.

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It’s been a tough few days for the trans swimmer. However, one thing that makes her stand out is the fact that she hasn’t responded to any criticism repulsively. Only time will tell what lies ahead for her in the future.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.
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