The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday approved new guidelines regarding transgender athletes.
The governors voted to adopt a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees.
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The new policy is effective immediately, beginning with the 2022 winter championships. Transgender student-athletes will be required to document sport-specific testosterone levels four weeks before their sport’s championship selections.
Under the new guidelines, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the policy for the sport’s national governing body, subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee to the board of governors.
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When there is no national governing body, that sport’s international federation policy would be in place. If there is no international federation policy, previously established IOC policy criteria would take over.
“We are steadfast in our support of transgender student-athletes and the fostering of fairness across college sports,” Georgetown President John DeGioia said in a release.
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“It is important that NCAA member schools, conferences and college athletes compete in an inclusive, fair, safe and respectful environment and can move forward with a clear understanding of the new policy.”
Many people, however, believe transgender athletes should not compete in sports of the gender to which they have transitioned. Continue reading at Newsmax.
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