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Republicans urge NCAA to change policy on trans athletes to ensure ‘fair environment for women’s sports’

Nine Republican governors sent a letter to the NCAA on Monday urging that the organization change its policy regarding transgender student-athletes to “guarantee a fair environment for women’s sports.” 

The current policy has drawn mounting criticism since the NCAA last updated it in January 2022, moving to a “sport-by-sport” approach, similar to the policy of the International Olympic Committee. 

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NCAA banners hang before the start of the Division I Mens Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on March 24, 2023 in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

“The NCAA has the chance to guarantee an environment where female college athletes can thrive without the concern of inequities,” the letter read in part. 

“Riley’s lifetime of achievement was ripped away from her by someone who shouldn’t have even been in the race – all for a photo op.” 

Newly named NCAA president Charlie Baker was grilled over the organization’s policies earlier this month during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, specifically on safety concerns in the locker room. 

“As I said before, the rules around transgender athletes generally are more restrictive today than they were in ‘22. And I can state pretty clearly that no one’s going to get forced into any sort of situation that’s going to make them uncomfortable,” Baker said. 

“We make that very clear in the guidance that we give to anybody who hosts one of our championships, period.”

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.

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