The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently adopted new regulations that will require transgender athletes to be on testosterone suppression treatment for a minimum of one year before they can compete as a “woman” in competitions.
Transgender women athletes have recently dominated in their particular sports. Some say it is due to the fact that biological men’s natural physical abilities far outperform women’s – the reason sports competitions are split between males and females.
The ruling will also mandate that the transgender student athletes document their testosterone levels, which must meet their standards depending on the sport, four weeks before championship selections.
Lia Thomas, a 22-year-old transgender woman swimmer, competing for the University of Pennsylvania, has been breaking numerous records after transitioning in 2021 from male to female and began competing in women’s sports. Thomas is one of the reasons the NCAA changed its rules.
The situation has caused others to step up, claiming unfairness for biological women who have worked their whole lives to win these championships and then out of nowhere, get beaten by biological women.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps said in an interview that while he understands the plight of gender dysphoria, he cannot ignore the disparity that the situation will cause in not only swimming but all of the women’s sports.
“I believe that we all should feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin, but I think sports should all be played on an even playing field,” Phelps told CNN. “I don’t know what it looks like in the future. It’s hard. It’s very complicated, and this is my sport, this has been my sport my whole entire career. And honestly, the one thing I would love is everybody being able to compete on an even playing field.”
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has also taken action. She has introduced a transgender athletes bill that will “be the strongest in the nation” to protect fairness in women’s sports.
“This is about fairness,” Noem told Fox News. “This is about making sure that our girls have a chance to be successful and to compete, to win scholarships, potentially go on to play professional sports beyond that. We want them to have the opportunity to do that.”
The bill will limit collegiate and K-12 sports to the sex on an athlete’s birth certificate. This would make South Dakota the 10th state to ban transgender athletes from playing in sports different from their biology.