The University of Pennsylvania has been blasted for nominating controversial transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for a top student sports’ award.
UPenn has named Thomas, 22, as one of two students it has nominated for the National College Athletics’ Association’s Woman (NCAA) of the Year Award.
The college’s other nominee is Russian tennis player Luliia Bryzgalova.
Each school is allowed two nominations as long as one of the athletes is an international student or a person of color and both must be graduating. The winner will be announced at an NCAA event in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2023.
Thomas, 22, made headlines at the beginning of swim season after parents and college swimming enthusiasts blanched at a transgender woman competing in women’s sports.
They say she has considerable biological advantages over rival swimmers born female.
And competitive swimming body FINA issuing staunch new guidelines that effectively ban trans female swimmers as a result of the controversy that Thomas triggered.
But UPenn has plowed on with its nomination of Thomas regardless, despite frequent condemnation from fellow athletes and their families over her success.
Source: Daily Mail,
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