Martina Navratilova suggests putting an “asterisk” next to Lia Thomas’ name: Here’s why » FirstSportz

Martina Navratilova comments on Lia Thomas
Martina Navratilova comments on Lia Thomas

On March 17, former world No. 1 and 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova made a comment on one of the most controversial American athletes, Lia Thomassaying that one must add one ‘Asterisk’ next to the trans woman’s name.

Lia Thomas has been at the center of several top discussions about her unfair advantage in all women’s swimming tournaments. The American swimmer has caught the attention of many since 2021, and this year she was featured in The Washington Post for “Breaking records.”

“An Open Category” suggests Matina Navratilova for the current situation

Martina Navratilova and Lia Thomas
Martina Navratilova and Lia Thomas

The 65-year-old former tennis player has always been very clear on all things athlete-related. After 22-year-old Lia Thomas won the women’s 500-yard NCCA championship, not only Navratilova but many other female swimmers and athletes voiced their opinions about the win, claiming it was not fair to the biological women.

Martina Navratilova began her thoughts by saying: “It’s not about ever excluding transgender women from winning.” she continued “Her feelings are similar to those of the US Swimming Official Cynthia Millen, who claimed in December 2021 that letting transgender women swim against biological women kind of defeats the point that the competition is even fair.

“But for now, the rules are what they are. Maybe put an asterisk there when she starts breaking records left and right. said the tennis legend in response to Lia Thomas’ recent success at the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in Georgia.

Lia Thomas’ thoughts on the future

Lia Thomas, USA Swimming breaks the silence on transgender athlete politics
Lia Thomas

The transgender swimmer has gone through many challenging moments in her life that she had to overcome to reach this point in her life. That’s why she says “I just want to show trans kids and younger trans athletes that they are not alone. They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love.”

Before her victory, Thomas said: “I don’t know exactly what the future of my swimming will be after this year, but I would like to continue. I want to swim and compete like I am.”

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