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William 'Lia' Thomas Loses Challenge to Rule Banning Him from Women's Olympic Contests

Calvin Freiburger : Jun 14, 2024

World Aquatics hailed the ruling as "a major step forward in our efforts to protect women's sport."

(Lausanne, Switzerland) — [] The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland has rejected gender-confused former University of Pennsylvania swimmer William "Lia"Thomas'bid to change World Aquatic rules to allow himself and other female-"identifying" male athletes from competing against actual women in major athletic competitions such as the upcoming Summer Olympics. (Screengrab image: via ESPN)

Thomas, who "transitioned" to identifying as a female yet retains male genitalia and reportedly remained heterosexual (despite self-identifying as lesbian), has drawn headlines since 2022 for generating unease among his actual female teammates and opponents, partly due to having to share lockers and partly due to his domination of women's swimming competitions since switching from the men's team.

In January, word came out that Thomas and Canadian law firm Tyr were seeking to have the CAS overturn a rule imposed by the swim governing body forbidding any male who has experienced "any part of male puberty" from competing as a female, which in 2022 closed a loophole allowing "transgender" athletes to qualify by reducing their testosterone levels.

Thomas has said that "it's been a goal of mine to swim at Olympic trials for a very long time." World Aquatics executive director Brent Nowicki previously said only that the "World Aquatics policy on gender inclusion, adopted by World Aquatics in June of 2022, was rigorously developed on the basis of advice from leading medical and legal experts, and in careful consultation with athletes."

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, a three-judge CAS panel released its ruling dismissing Thomas' request, on the grounds that he lacked standing to make it because he had not been a member of the court's member federation USA Swimming when it was first brought nor had he competed in female events "for the purpose of qualification or selection."

World Aquatics hailed the ruling as "a major step forward in our efforts to protect women's sport."

Thomas slammed the decision as "deeply disappointing," criticizing bans on so-called "trans women" (gender-confused men) competing against actual women as an affront to gender-confused "identities"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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