NAIA Sports Conference, With 241 Colleges, Bans Transgenders In Women’s Sports

NAIA Sports Conference, With 241 Colleges, Ban Transgenders In Women's Sports

FILE - A 12-year-old transgender swimmer waits by a pool on Feb. 22, 2021, in Utah. Transgender kids in Utah will be not be subjected to sports participation limits at the start of the upcoming school year after a judge delayed the implementation of a statewide ban passed earlier this year. Judge Keith Kelly's decision Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, to put the law on hold until a legal challenges is resolved came after he recently rejected a request by Utah state attorneys to dismiss the case. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) banned transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports on Monday.

The NAIA said it supported “fair and safe competition for all student-athletes” and that “Title IX ensures there are separate and equal opportunities for female athletes.” The organization laid out its participation rules with conditions.

“Participation by students in sports designated as male by the NAIA: All eligible NAIA student-athletes may participate in NAIA-sponsored male sports,” the organization said.

“Participation by students in sports designated as female by the NAIA: Only NAIA student-athletes whose biological sex* is female may participate in NAIA-sponsored female sports.”

The NAIA said a student who has not begun “any masculinizing hormone therapy may participate without limitation.”

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