NCAA Adopts New Policies for Trans Athletes
The NCAA has unveiled a new policy that will allow each sport to determine its policies regarding the participation of trans-identified athletes as outrage over the allowance of biological males who identify as females to compete in women’s athletics spreads.
The NCAA, a leading entity that oversees collegiate athletics in the United States, announced the new participation policy that its board of governors approved Wednesday.
The new policy mirrors guidelines recently enacted by the International Olympic Committee that give individual sports leeway in setting their own rules for the participation of trans-identified athletes in sports that correspond with their stated gender identity instead of their biological sex..
The NCAA policy, which is effective beginning with the 2022 winter championships, requires trans-identified student-athletes to “document sport-specific testosterone levels beginning four weeks before their sport’s championship selections.” Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, “transgender student-athletes will need documented levels at the beginning of their season and a second documentation six months after the first.”
“They will also need documented testosterone levels four weeks before championship selections. Full implementation would begin with the 2023-24 academic year…”
The new policy comes as Lia Thomas, a trans-identified biological male who competes on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team, has received much pushback after breaking women’s swimming records after competing for years on the men’s team.
Caitlyn Jenner, the trans-identified retired Olympic track star who won a gold medal in 1976 under the name Bruce Jenner and first began identifying as a woman in 2015, is one of several decorated athletes who have weighed in on the controversy.
“Biological boys, I’ve said from the beginning, should not be playing in women’s sports,” Jenner asserted in an interview with Fox News Wednesday. “We need to protect women’s sports.”
While Jenner expressed support for Thomas’ decision to “live her life authentically,” the retired Olympian doubled down on the position that the college athlete has an unfair advantage over the biological females on the Penn swimming team.
“Her cardiovascular system is bigger. Her respiratory system is bigger. Her hands are bigger. She can swim faster,” Jenner said.
“I feel sorry for the other athletes that are out there, especially at Penn or anybody she’s competing against.”
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(Excerpt from The Christian Post. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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