Caitlyn Jenner Says NCAA’s Transgender Participation Policy Is a Symptom of a ‘Waking World Gone Wild’
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Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday condemned the NCAA’s decision to allow biological men to participate in women’s sports, accusing the organization of ‘kicking the road’ to appease University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.
“[I’m] disappointed,” Jenner told America Reports. “The NCAA just kicked the box, and that’s unfortunate. I’m here to protect women’s sport.”
The new policy will allow transgender athletes to participate in sports on a sport-basis by sport, adopted in the same way by the we and international Olympic committees. Transgender athletes will be required “to document sport-specific testosterone levels beginning four weeks prior to their sport’s championship trials,” the organization said.
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Jenner called the move a symptom of a “waking world gone wild.”
“I don’t know why the governing bodies of many different organizations are so determined to ensure that such a small number of people [trans athletes]…why they lean towards this one person,” she said, referring to Thomas. “It’s a waking world gone wild. It doesn’t have to be that way.”
Thomas previously competed as a man at Penn for two full seasons, most recently in 2019, but started on the Quakers women’s team this season after the transition. She has since broken Ivy League records with national records in her sights.
What the NCAA failed to consider, Jenner said, is that transgender female athletes who have gone through typical male puberty during adolescence still hold a competitive advantage over their biologically female competitors, and a year of testosterone suppression therapy as required by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is not sufficient to ensure fairness in the sports.
“In the case of Lia Thomas, I don’t care about her testosterone levels for a year or two. Honestly, I care about her testosterone levels for the first 16, 17 years of her life. That’s what we’re up against. we fight here,” she said.
Jenner said she declined an invitation to participate in an all-female golf tournament because of the biological advantage she holds over other competitors, particularly in “body structure, length of my arms, the size of my feet, the size of my hands.”
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“I obviously went through all of this, I have no testosterone left in my body,” she said. “I just live on estrogen, and I can still hit the golf ball a long distance. I was asked to play in my club’s women’s tournament and honestly, I declined because I didn’t think that it was fair. I mean, I can outrun all the girls by 100 yards. I can hit every par five over two. That’s just not fair. So I would never, you know, play in a tournament. with women.
The retired decathlete voiced her support for Connecticut high school track star Chelsea Mitchell, who said she has repeatedly found herself at a disadvantage against transgender athletes.
“I feel for her. I think she’s absolutely 100% right,” Jenner said. “She was robbed of an opportunity because of a transgender athlete, and it doesn’t have to be that way.”
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Jenner called on the NCAA to reassess the policy and make the right decision in defense of women’s sports,
“Look how hard women have fought over the last 30, 40 years,” she said. “I remember back in the 1980s and Donna de Verona working so hard on Title IX for equality and pay and getting women into sport…why do we want to ruin sport for just a few people ?”
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