Martina Navratilova says trans swimmer Lia Thomas should have an ‘asterisk’ next to her name

What we’re observing in the world of swimming is truly bizarre. Thanks to lax guidelines swimmer Lia Thomas was permitted to compete against women – and secure an NCAA title. Thomas has undergone HRT for the recommended period but reportedly still hasn’t had the surgeries her life choices require.

All of this prompted tennis legend Martina Navratilova to speak out. Navratilova gave an interview after Thomas had won the 500 yard NCAA championship.

“It’s not about excluding transgender women from winning ever,” said Navratilova, 65. “But it is about not allowing them to win when they were not anywhere near winning as men.”

“But right now, the rules are what they are. Maybe put an asterisk there, if she starts breaking records left and right,” said Navratilova, referring to Thomas.

Navratilova went on to suggest NCAA should have an open category, to be inclusive of everyone else but also protective of biological females.

Thomas will also compete in the 200-yard and 100-yard NCAA championships later this week.

Previously Thomas’ choice to compete with biological women was condemned by Joe Rogan and Caitlyn Jenner.