NCAA issues statement in support of transgender athletes in college sports

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(WJW) — The NCAA Board of Governors issued a statement Monday in support of transgender athletes and discussed what that would mean for future tournaments held around the country.

“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the board said in the statement.

States like Kansas and Arkansas have recently passed laws that do not allow for transgender athletes to play on teams associated with the gender they identify. And in more than 20 states, legislators have introduced bills that would follow suit.

The NCAA said that when it comes to deciding where its championships and tournament events are held, its policy ”directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.”

Read the full NCAA statement below:

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 has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports. 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. 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. 

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