NCAA Backs Trans Athletes, Will Only Hold Championships Where There Is No Discrimination

When lawmakers began pushing bills banning transgender athletes from sports in several states, college athletes were taken by surprise — The National Collegate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a decade-old policy permitting transgender athletes to participate in sports on the college level under certain requirements, reports The Hill.

After several states enacted these bans, the NCAA issued a statement supporting the participation of transgender athletes in sports, saying that its championships will only be held in locations that are “safe, healthy and free of discrimination.”

“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,” said the organization.