In a gesture of solidarity with University of Pennsylvania women’s team member Lia Thomas, who is openly transgender, more than 300 current and past NCAA, Team USA, and international swimmers signed an open letter on Thursday.
There are issues over whether or not Thomas should be permitted to participate on Penn’s women’s team after she has broken several records.
In a move that “aligns transgender student-athlete participation for collegiate sports with recent policy modifications from the United States and International Olympic Committees,” the NCAA has unveiled a new policy. This implies that each sport’s governing body will decide who is eligible to compete.
Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, compiled and delivered NCAA officials the letter that was released on Thursday.
Lia Thomas and other transgender collegiate athletes “deserve to be allowed to engage in safe and inclusive sporting contexts,” the letter states, according to Sports Illustrated. Please do not let political pressure endanger collegiate athletes’ safety and well-being throughout the country, we implore you.
Hopefully, the NCAA will not adopt USA Swimming’s rules mid-season.
Thomas will be permitted to compete in her last Ivy League Championships despite the lack of clarity in this situation.
There’s still no word on whether Thomas will be able to compete at the NCAA Championships in March.
NCAA athletes signed a letter of support for Lia Thomas that was published on The Spun.