are structural and will continue to exist.” Summer Sanders , former Olympic and world champion : "Fair play is a foundation and hallmark of our society, an approach that safeguards the development of sport that tens of millions of girls and women annually are participating.” Athletes, LGBT advocacy groups express opinions on new swimming system British retired swimmer Sharron Davies, who has opposed transgender players in women's events in the past, told BBC Sport she was proud of FINA and said those discussions should have started earlier.
"Sport is by definition exclusive, we don't have 15-year-old boys run against under-12s, we don't have heavyweights fighting bantamweights," Davis said. She photo restoration service said that having different categories and levels is a prerequisite for fair play, and if not, "the only losers are women, who lose their right to fair play." But Athlete Ally, an LGBT advocacy group that wrote a letter supporting swimmer Thomas in February, said FINA's new policy was "discriminatory.
Sexual, harmful, unscientific and inconsistent with the principles of the 2021 International Olympic Committee (IOC).” The organization's policy and program director Annie. Anne Lieberman said the new eligibility rules would only "severely violate the privacy and human rights of any athlete who wants to compete in the women's category." Others said the creation of additional open categories would further exclude an already marginalized group.