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NCAA says anti-trans states won’t host championships

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The NCAA, the governing body for all college sports in the U.S., said Monday that states that pass anti-transgender laws will not be able to host college sport championship games.

“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,” the NCAA Board of Governors said in a statement. “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.”

The announcement came as a record number of anti-trans bills have been submitted and passed in state legislatures across the country. The most extreme one was an Arkansas law barring any gender-affirming treatment for trans kids even with parental approval. The GOP-control legislature overturned the veto of GOP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutcherson. The conservative governor said the law was too extreme.

The NCAA’s own policy on trans participation in college sports requires requires testosterone suppression treatment for trans women who compete. The organizations said the police follows current science as well as the policies of the International, U.S. and Paralympic committees.

“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the board stated. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect.”

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