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NCAA Changes Transgender Athlete Policy

After swimmer Lia Thomas drew attention to the policy and standards, the NCAA has issued official changes to its transgender policies


The NCAA announced it has changed its policy regarding transgender athletes.

Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that the new approach to allowing transgender athletes will follow a sport-by-sport model similarly adopted by the US and international Olympic committees.

“We are steadfast in our support of transgender student-athletes and the fostering of fairness across college sports,” said John DeGioia, Georgetown University’s president and the NCAA board chairman.

The new transgender athlete policy takes effect immediately.

According to the report, the Board of Governors voted to pass the new policy as it “preserves the opportunity for transgender student-athletes while balancing fairness, inclusion, and safety for all who compete.”

DeGioia said further, “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.”

Each sport’s national governing body will determine transgender athlete participation. Sports Illustrated reported that if a sport does not have a national governing body, the international federation policy will be enacted. 

In a statement, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the new policy brings collegiate sports closer to Olympic standards.

“Approximately 80% of US Olympians are either current or former college athletes,” Emmert said. “This policy alignment provides consistency and further strengthens the relationship between college sports and the US Olympics.”

The NCAA’s transgender athlete rules came into question at the emergence of University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas. Thomas has spent the last year breaking Ivy League records. She is closing in on setting new national records as well. 

Thomas was on the school’s men’s team for her first three years. She started on the Quakers’ women’s team this season after transitioning from male to female.

This year’s success by Thomas has ignited criticism over allowing transgender women to compete against biological females. 

The changes to the NCAA policy mean USA Swimming policies will govern swimming athletes. The US Swimming policy follows the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee. 

The IOC’s rules state: “Trans female athletes must demonstrate a total testosterone level in serum below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 consecutive months prior to competition and must remain below this threshold throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category in any event.”

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9 responses to “NCAA Changes Transgender Athlete Policy”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    LOL
    So as long as you drop your testosterone levels below 10 nanomoles per liter right before the competition, you get to keep all the your bone density and muscle mass the testosterone got you up til that point?
    For every strategy of making women accept male competitors and calling it “fair,” there are a hundred loopholes to make sure the real women can’t win.

  2. Turk_Longwell says:

    Ya always know which stories will have the most comments. This is one of them.
    The Olympic rules are still bad.
    Sorry, ladies, men are about to take all the records in women’s sports.

  3. Night_Coder says:

    This is still messed up. Women have lost the ability to compete in women only sports.

  4. Devilsgun says:

    Just have a free for all “Modified” class where all the freaks and druggie can go all out. It’s not that fucking difficult

  5. Sidewaysglance says:

    Thomas is from U Penn, not Penn State.. huge difference

  6. Rawdog says:

    I would highly recommend not patronizing big chain sports bars or restaurants who insist upon buying CNN/ESPN and forcing us to watch them if we are stupid enough to enter the shithole establishments where the blue haired, multiple tattooed, fat lesbian Libtard ‘waitress’ sneers at the working men who come in, yet demands a 50% tip for the privilege of allowing you to look at her.

    Go to smaller establishments. Explain to THEM that you will not patronize them if they follow the Libtard business model.
    If they refuse, get various liquors, beers, foods and hang out with your friends at someone’s house. Put on Timcast and enjoy…

    Finally, get rid of cable TV. Most people already have unlimited internet via their phone carries.
    You can use your phone as a wireless hotspot. Or. You can JUST get internet thru your cable company. (for many that will be a savings of around $200 a month)

    What. The. Hell. Is wrong with you people????

  7. neilinda says:

    … if it is a business, I will not give it any more of my money, and I will clearly encourage those around me to do the same thing.
    For example, I will be binge watching DVD sets rather than watching any of the ‘genocide games’ next month.
    Why waste money -or your support- on something you do not agree with… there is too much else to do with the limited time and money we have.

  8. Garce says:

    All trans athletes can compete in the open category. AKA the men’s category. There is no fuss when a female transitions to male and competes against males because there is an inherent disadvantage. There will always be issue when a male transitions to female and competes against females because there is an inherent advantage that is based in biology and factual science that starts all the way back in the womb. Prenatal testosterone, male puberty, and other factors play very significant roles in the development of a someone with XY chromosomes.

  9. neilinda says:

    Not paying attention to sports anymore…

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