‘It’s a challenge that could happen’ – Track and field athletes express concern over Lia Thomas’ similar situation rising in their sport

The controversies surrounding swimmer Lia Thomas and British cyclist Emily Bridges have taken the world by storm. Thomas became the first transgender swimmer to win the NCAA 500-yard freestyle competition. On the other hand, the debate of transgender athletes is accelerating with everything that is happening in the current situation. Therefore, some athletes are eager to see if the problem would arise in athletics.

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Athletes talk about the situation and called for a level playing field. These conversations are becoming an important part of sports fraternity these days.

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Lia Thomas’ situation could worsen in athletics

Most athletes are in favor of trans athletes participating in sports. However, many believe it should be a level playing field with the number of athletes jumping into other categories. Thus, a British athlete spoke on the subject to the Daily Mail. He mentioned:

“I think it’s a situation that could happen in any sport, and it’s a challenge that could happen in athletics. Just like it happened in swimming, cycling and weightlifting.

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The inclusion of Lia Thomas in the women’s category has led to huge debates on social media and other platforms. Recently, the mothers swimmers who competed with Thomas also raised concerns. All focus on a level playing field and the British Olympian added to his points.

“We don’t want to exclude trans women from sport, we’re just making sure the women’s category remains a level playing field for born athletes. Being able to defend that doesn’t mean you don’t want people to express themselves in a way that they feel comfortable with,” he said.

Thomas’ dominance in the event

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Competing in the 500 yard freestyle competition, Thomas won the race with a time from 4:33.24. That time is 9.18 seconds behind Katie Ledecky, but there are plenty of arguments about her attendance at the events. Thus, this controversy reaches a global audience.

Athletes expressed their concerns about the current situation. Thomas’ inclusion in swimming competitions led to much protest and debate. Finding a solution would be key for Thomas and the other swimmers. What do you think of the situation?

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