NCAA backs transgender athletes, says it won’t hold championships at places that aren’t ‘free of discrimination’

When The legislature began to push Bills banning transgender athletes College athletes have been surprised by sports in several states – the NCAA has a ten-year-old policy that allows transgender athletes to participate in college-level sports under certain requirements.

After this Several states have issued these banswho have favourited NCAA made a statement Support the participation of transgender athletes in sports. The championships will only be held in locations that are “safe, healthy and free from discrimination”.

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“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the highest governing body of the association is that all student athletes are treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring this NCAA championships are open to anyone who has the right to participate, “the organization said, noting that it follows the participation guidelines of both the International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

While the organization didn’t specifically say it would pull out of states like Georgia – where the MLB cost the state millions in lost revenue after the All-Star Game moved as a recent bill was passed restricting voting rights in the state. The statement came after 545 college athletes signed it an open letter Call on the NCAA to refuse to host championships in states with bans on transgender athletes.

“You have remained silent about the hateful legislation in states that host championships, even though those states are about to pass anti-transgender laws,” said the letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors .

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The current NCAA guideline, enacted in 2011, specifically addresses the use of prohibited substances, including testosterone, and provides for a review of medical exemptions. While female athletes are eligible for men’s teams, mixed teams (with one or more players of the opposite sex) are not eligible for women’s NCAA championships. Transgender athletes who are not taking testosterone or hormone treatments in connection with a sex change will not be allowed to compete on a women’s team.

“All student athletes should be safe and secure when competing in NCAA championships.” said Aliya Schenck and Alana Bojar, Track and field athletes at Washington University in St. Louis who cited the letter. “Your silence on this issue only allows more states to pass these bills. We urge you to act now and make a strong statement against these bills. They say the NCAA will not host championships in states that openly discriminate against LGBTQI + athletes. ”

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