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Caitlyn Jenner Has Spoken Out Against Trans Women Competing In Women’s Sport

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Caitlyn Jenner Has Spoken Out Against Trans Women Competing In Women’s Sport

Caitlyn Jenner has called on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to ban trans women from competing in women's sporting events.

"All of this woke world that we are living in right now is not working," Jenner said in response to transgender swimmer Lia Thomas smashing several women's records last year.

"I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anybody she's competing against, because in the woke world, you've got to say, 'Oh, my gosh, this is great,' No, it's not."

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She went on to explicitly state 'biological boys should not compete against biological girls'.

Fox News invited Jenner on to discuss the issue, because of course they did, in which she said women's sports needed to 'be protected'.

The NCAA has recently adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organisation in line with the US and International Olympic Committees.

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Jenner said that Thomas previously competing in men's swimming before moving to the women's competition didn't make sense and was bad for both the transgender community and women's sport.

"It's unfortunate that this is happening. I don't know why she's doing it. She knows that when she's swimming, she's beating the competition by two laps," Jenner explained on Fox.

"She was born a biological boy, she was raised a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger. Her respiratory system is bigger. Her hands are bigger. She can swim faster. That's a known."

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Thomas came out as transgender in 2019 and was eligible to switch from men's to women's swimming after taking a year of testosterone suppressants as per NCAA rules.

Some critics have said a year is not long enough to remove any male advantage and that the duration should be extended before athletes can compete in women's sports.

But the University of Pennsylvania, who Thomas swims for, has publicly supported the swimmer in meets and says it is proud of the history-making achievements.

Lia Thomas competing. Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo
Lia Thomas competing. Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo
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Jenner went even further in her comments, saying it was Thomas' responsibility to 'live authentically' and saying she didn't know why the swimmer was choosing to compete.

"One, it's not good for the trans community. I mean, we have a lot of issues in the trans community that are very difficult and very challenging," she aid.

"We have a suicide rate that's nine times higher than the general public. But it's also not good for women's sports."

Jenner is a member of the Republican Party and ran in the 2021 California recall election.

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REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

She only received 1 per cent of the vote and has been criticised from both sides of the political spectrum.

The Democrats and the LGBTQ community slammed her for her failure to speak out against her party's anti-trans sentiment, and Republicans hit back against her for her own background and experience as a trans woman.

Jenner, who is an Olympic gold medal holder, has also made comments about German and Russian women who have previously competed in the Olympics and who she suspected had too many 'male hormones'.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: olympics, News

Hannah Blackiston
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