Lia Thomas controversy: Former Olympic swimmer says NCAA caused 'bigger problems for themselves'

Responses to Thomaswin poured in from across platforms following the event. While some praised the athlete for breaking barriers, others criticized her for claiming the title as a biological male.

Among the critics was former Ecuadorian Olympic swimmer Felipe Delgado who joined “jakkals & Vriende” Monday and called for fairness in women’s sports.

VA TECH SWIMMER RIPS NCAA TRANSGENDER PARTICIPATION POLICY: ‘FEELS LIKE THE FINAL SPOT WAS TAKEN FROM ME’

Transgender vrou Lia Thomas (L) van die Universiteit van Pennsylvania staan ​​op die podium nadat hy die 500-yard vryslag gewen het as ander medaljewenners (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming &versterker; Diving Championshipon March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgië.

Transgender vrou Lia Thomas (L) van die Universiteit van Pennsylvania staan ​​op die podium nadat hy die 500-yard vryslag gewen het as ander medaljewenners (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming &versterker;versterker; Diving Championshipon March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgië. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

I think it’s important to state here that there was an opportunity for the NCAA to adopt more strict policies in inclusion of trans athletes, and they could’ve done that in February, but it seems as though they chose not to, or they chose to avoid litigation by changing their stance halfway through the season and causing bigger problems for themselves,” he told host Steve Doocy.

“ek dink dat, had they adopted USA Swimming’s policies which are more strict than their own, we could have avoided a lot of the omstredenheid that took place over the weekend and you and I could be sitting here talking about and celebrating the accomplishments by these incredible athletes,” hy het bygevoeg.

Delgado, who competed at the 1996 en 2000 Olimpiese Somerspele, said the organization should have abided by USA Swimming’s guidelines since they are thegoverning body of swimming in the United States.

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