Female athletes all across the country are fighting to keep biological men from competing in their sports with them. However, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that it is unequivocally supporting transgender student-athletes.
This past Monday in a release, the NCAA stated it “unequivocally” supports the transgender community and has expressed no issues about the real prospect of biological men outcompeting women athletes in their given sport.
“The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition,” the NCAA stated.
As a bandaid, the NCAA then recommeneded the highly questionable concept of testosterone suppression as a valid equalized for biological men competing in women’s sports.
““The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports,” the NCAA stated. “Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”
“When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” The NCAA concluded. “We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.”
According to a recent study that is from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Biological men underwent a year of hormone treatment and still had a quite largee advantage over females in the same sport. The researchers, however, said that once men had reached the two year mark of hormone treaments they started to show some good signs for transgender athletes. The researchers ultimately admitted that there was no solid possible way to compeltely elimnate all biological advantage of biological men, given how the body develops during puberty.
Kristi Noem, Republican South Dakota Governor, stated that she would not sign any bill in her stateprotecting woman’s sports from transgender athletes at the college level, citing fear of reprisal from the NCAA.
“Unfortunately, as I have studied this legislation and conferred with legal experts over the past several days, I have become concerned that this bill’s vague and overly broad language could have significant unintended consequences,” Noem stated in a letter to lawmakers after issuing a veto for the bill. “I am also concerned that the approach House Bill 1217 takes is unrealistic in the context of collegiate athletics.”