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Former Olympian Nikki Dryden defends Liya Thomas, questions swimming governing body MPNRC

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World swimming governing body FINA recently ruled that transgender athletes would not be able to participate in women’s swimming competitions. At the FINA congressional meeting, a total of 71 percent of voters decided to bar transgender athletes from participating in women’s competitions.

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However, the decision faced an overwhelming backlash from several former athletes. Former swimmers such as Nikki Dryden and Danny Miyetke have recently criticized FINA’s move to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s swimming events.

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Of the 274 members, 196 voted in favor of the highly controversial plan.

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Nikki Dryden, a former Olympic swimmer-turned-human rights advocate, recently expressed her dismay because of what she feels is one of the most discriminatory strategies in the sport.

“I am really really disappointed and sad that my sport is now fortunate to have one of the most discriminatory and non-human rights compatible policies in world sport and I really hope no other sport follows us,” Dryden was quoted while speaking to ABC.

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At the same time, the former Canadian swimmer also vowed to help swimmer Leah Thomas deal with FINA’s decision. In March of this year, Thomas represented the University of Pennsylvania and became the first known transgender champion in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I history. Thomas finished first in the National Collegiate Athletic Association title. Time of 4 minutes 33:24.

Dryden also revealed that he is willing to help Thomas as a lawyer.

“I would love to take it to court all the way up to the court of arbitration of sport because first of all, there is no way to stand internationally under human rights rules and universal principles of human rights. I don’t see how this is going to pass. It is,” Dryden explained.

Dryden, who twice represented Canada in swimming at the Olympic Games, also raised a pertinent question about the science and rationale behind FINA’s new and controversial policy. He feels that the science is flawed in this matter.

Australian researchers have also recently opened up on the matter and according to them, FINA’s latest decisions are not based on real science.

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