Transgender NCAA swimmer Lia Thomas has caused a lot of reactions and a lot of controversy in the world of swimming. Lia Thomas gets involved in women's competitions after fulfilling the condition of one year of testosterone suppressant use Many have differing opinions on this and believe that this will not be fair to other women, while some belief in freedom of choice and that Lia Thomas can choose what she wants.
Many were interested in the opinion of the greatest in this sport, Michael Phelps. Phelps did not want to be direct and believes that this is a matter of organizing committees “I think this leads back to organizing committees again,” Phelps said, as quoted by foxsports “Because it has to be a level playing field.
That’s something that we all need. Because that’s what sports are. For me, I don’t know where this is going to go. I don't know what's going to happen. " However, Thomas' teammate believes that Thomas is different, that she does not empathize with his colleagues, also she has no understanding for anyone.
“She compares herself to Jackie Robinson. She said she is like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports, ”Thomas’ teammate told the Washington Examiner last week. “She laughs about it and mocks the situation.
Instead of caring or showing that she cares about what she’s doing or what she’s doing to her teammates, she’s not sympathetic or empathetic at all. Lia never addressed our team." "She never asked if it was OK.
She never asked how we felt. She never tried to explain how she feels. She never has said anything to us as a group. She never addressed anything. ”
Michael Phelps on Lia Thomas
Michael Phelps tried to keep choosing words and not be rude.
However, he supported everyone's decision and believes that everyone has the right to choose what they want "I believe that we should all feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin, but I think sports should all be played on an even playing field," he said.
“I don’t know what it looks like in the future. It’s hard. It’s very complicated and this is my sport, this has been my sport my whole entire career, and honestly the one thing I would love is everybody being able to compete on an even playing field.
” Situations like this are really interesting and bizarre, and we'll see if the committee makes a decision about Lia Thomas, just like Micahel Phelps said