Famous Olympian Michael Phelps appeared on CNN and discussed the issue of biological men competing in women's sports. He would not give a definitive answer and stated that the issue is "complicated."
However, Phelps suggests that he is against it as he added that it needs to be a "level playing field."
CNN host Christiane Amanpour asked Phelps how he felt about U Penn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. He replied, “I can talk from the standpoint of doping. I don’t think I’ve competed in a clean field in my entire career. So, I think this leads back to the Organising Committees again because it has to be a level playing field. I think that’s something that we all need.”
Phelps continued, “I don’t know where this is going to go. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I believe that 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.”
He added, “I don’t know what that looks like in the future. But it’s hard. It’s very complicated. This is my sport. This has been my sport my whole entire career. Honestly, the one thing I would love is everybody to be able to compete on an even playing field. That’s all I can say.”
Check out the interview:
Reacting to ongoing debate over trans college athlete Lia Thomas competing on the women’s swimming team, “it’s very complicated,” says @MichaelPhelps. “We all should feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin. But I think sports should be played on an even playing field.” pic.twitter.com/brsq7t2vJW
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) January 13, 2022
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