The transgender reality star, who won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, told Fox News that she ‘respects’ Thomas but doesn’t agree that she’s ‘helping the trans community’.
She explained: “We need to protect women’s sports.
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“I respect her [Lia Thomas’] decision to live her life authentically. 100%. But that also comes with responsibility and some integrity.
“I don’t know why she’s doing this.”
She continued: “It’s also not good for women’s sports. It’s unfortunate that this is happening.
“All of this woke world that we’re living in right now is not working.
“I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there.”
Jenner went on to say that Thomas’ actions are also ‘not good for the trans community,’ as she believes it could be a ‘distraction’ from other issues within the society, such as high suicide rates.
Thomas’ place in the women’s team has also been slammed by Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps who agreed it was ‘unfair’.
He reportedly told CNN: “I believe we all should feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin.
“But I think sports should all be played on an even playing field. I don’t know what that looks like in the future.”
Lia Thomas, who was reportedly born in Austin, Texas, has been making headlines around the world after breaking a number of US swimming records, including the 200 meters and 500-meter freestyle.
For three years, the 22-year-old competed for the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swimming team.
In 2020, she switched over to the women’s team following her transition.
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