“A group of UPenn swimmers was so upset by transgender athlete Lia Thomas’ advantages that they mulled boycotting their final home meet but decided not to for fear they’d be banned from the Ivy League championship,” Yaron Steinbuch reported last week at the New York Post.
“Thomas, 22, who has broken multiple records this season at the University of Pennsylvania, has generated uproar for being allowed under NCAA regulations to swim in women’s collegiate competitions after taking testosterone suppressants for a year.”
Think of it as part of a Harry Potter book plot for the reader who is not into college sports and doesn’t understand what is going on here. Potter’s not supposed to participate in the tournament, but under the influence of Polyjuice Potion, Farty Crotch Jr. bends the rules to let the young wizard compete for all the glory and hottest dance partners at the big ball.
“A source close to the team of 41 women who considered the boycott told the Daily Mail that ‘both Penn and the NCAA have ignored them.’”
So now Harry is in the games, and all the other competitors and their stans are hating on him for not being completely qualified to compete, in their opinion. It seems double unfair to them because he has extra powers he had at birth that none of the other competitors in the tournament have, and they’re worried they’re going to lose all the glory and hottest dates now.
According to the insider, “there is a sentiment among some of the ladies that they should make some sort of statement, grasp the chance while they have the spotlight on them to make their thoughts about the subject known.”
“These girls are still motivated to ensure that they receive fair respect and that their moment is properly commemorated,” the insider stated.
Everyone knows the story ends with Edward Cullen dying and Harry winning the tournament. The rest of the girls don’t want to compete because they don’t feel they deserve the recognition if Ms. Thomas competes and bumps everyone down a rank on the leaderboard.
Is that sportsmanlike? How are you defining proper recognition here? By what it says on the scorecard? Or your parents and friends and the other swimmers’ parents and friends seeing how fast you swim?