“Refused To Protect Women”: Caitlyn Jenner Voices Against NCAA After Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas’ Controversy

Published 04/10/2022, 8:48 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 17: Transgender woman Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania talks to a reporter after winning the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championshipon March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Perhaps one of the most prominent figures who has spoken up about the Lia Thomas issue is Caitlyn Jenner. Even before Lia won the 500-yard event, Jenner pointed out her participation was unfair. The celebrity has been very open about her opinion regarding the champion swimmer.

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After her NCAA win, Caitlyn Jenner flooded Twitter with many comments on the athlete. She blamed the NCAA for its rules. She believes Lia’s participation is unfair to all the “biological women” out there who have worked so hard for this moment.

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Recently, she has penned down a piece for the New York Post. Here, she has opened up about being an athlete herself and how the Thomas situation should be dealt with.

Caitlyn Jenner calls out NCAA in a new piece

Jenner herself is a transgender woman. More importantly, Caitlyn Jenner was an Olympic athlete. Therefore, she knows how hard athletes work and train. And all of this comes down to that one moment of performance.

She revealed she was heartbroken to see Lia Thomas win the event. She does not blame the situation on Lia but on the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“The NCAA should have done the honorable thing to protect these women. It is their obligation to do so,” wrote Jenner.

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 18: University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas on the starting block for the 200 Freestyle final during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18th, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Caitlyn believes that the NCAA treated all their female athletes unfairly by allowing Thomas to compete at the championships. They failed to protect the rights of female athletes.

“Yet, the NCAA caved to the woke mob and refused to protect women, on all levels. They failed to do exactly what their bylaws mandate.”

Caitlyn even pointed out the mandate of the NCAA, calling them out and pointing out their mistake. According to Title IX, the NCAA is mandated to protect its female athletes against any discrimination. However, Jenner is of the opinion that this was not done at all in this situation. ‘

Caitlyn Jenner understands Lia Thomas’ stand

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However, Jenner also knows the immense amount of struggle that Lia has faced because of the issue. She knows this because she herself stood alone against the world during the time of her transition.

“That is why the case of transgender NCAA swimmer Lia Thomas has resonated so strongly with me. I have always said that Lia should live her life as authentically as possible,” wrote Caitlyn.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 18: Lia Thomas looks on from the podium after finishing fifth in the 200 Yard Freestyle during the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology on March 18, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Comer/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

But, she believes that along with Lia Thomas, the biologically female athletes should also have the right to live their lives authentically. Notably, Jenner will soon travel to Capitol Hill to take up this issue with the officials.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar

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