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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas attempted to challenge rules from World Aquatics that effectively banned transgender women from competing in elite women’s events throughout the world. But in a horrible turn of events for her and the transgender community, she has lost that legal battle.

Lia Thomas challenged the rules, claiming they were invalid, unlawful, and discriminatory. But on Wednesday, the Court for Arbitration of Sport dismissed her request for arbitration with World Aquatics.

“The panel concludes that she lacks standing to challenge the policy and the operational requirements in the framework of the present proceeding,” the court said in a ruling.

The decision likely ends Thomas’ Olympic dreams. Back in November of 2021, the International Olympic Committee issued a recommendation for all international federations to develop their own sport-specific eligibility criteria for the women’s competition category, which would also apply to Olympic competitions. With the World Aquatics rules upheld, Thomas will now be banned from the Olympics.

Needless to say, this decision led to a lot of reactions on social media.

Clearly, this is a major blow for Thomas as well as any other transgender woman who was hoping to one day make the Olympics in the woman’s category.

[Fox News]