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Updated on June 27, 2022 1:18 am

Lia Thomas: Florida governor Ron DeSantis refuses to recognise Thomas win


Transgender woman Lia Thomas (L) of the University of Pennsylvania stands on the podium after winning the 500-yard freestyle as other medallists (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo
In an Instagram put up, US Olympic swimmer Erica Sullivan (second from proper, pictured in cowboy hat) stated this picture – of transgender girl Lia Thomas (L) on the rostrum, with Sullivan and pals and team-mates Emma Weyant and Brooke Forde stood off to the fitting of the rostrum – had been “misrepresented”

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation recognising runner-up Emma Weyant because the winner of the best US nationwide faculty swimming title – an occasion she misplaced to transgender athlete Lia Thomas.

She took victory within the ladies’s 500-yard freestyle in Atlanta.

However on Tuesday Republican governor DeSantis stated the consequence “undermined the integrity of the competitors”.

Thomas, who swims for the College of Pennsylvania, secured the title in 4 minutes 33.24 seconds in Atlanta.

Weyant, of Sarasota, Florida, who gained 400m particular person medley silver on the Tokyo Olympics, completed 1.75secs behind in second.

DeSantis criticised the Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Affiliation (NCAA) for permitting Thomas to compete.

He stated: “The NCAA is principally taking efforts to destroy ladies’s athletics, they’re attempting to undermine the integrity of the competitors they usually’re crowning someone else the ladies’s champion and we expect that is improper.

“They’re placing ideology forward of alternative for ladies athletes and I believe that there are just a few individuals which are afraid to talk out and say what they’re doing, however that’s what they’re doing.”

Thomas swam for the Pennsylvanian males’s staff for 3 seasons earlier than beginning hormone alternative remedy in spring 2019.

US swimming up to date its coverage in February to permit transgender athletes to swim in elite occasions, alongside standards that goals to cut back any unfair benefit.

The NCAA – which governs college-level swimming – dominated it will be improper to implement the brand new guidelines mid-season, thus permitting Thomas to compete.

On Monday World Athletics president Lord Coe issued a warning over the way forward for ladies’s sport if sporting organisations get rules for transgender athletes improper.

“I believe that the integrity of ladies’s sport if we do not get this proper, and really the way forward for ladies’s sport, could be very fragile,” Coe stated.

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