NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes

NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees. Under the new guidelines, approved by the NCAA Board of Governors, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the policy for the sport’s national governing body. It will then be subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee to the Board of Governors. The policy is effective immediately. NCAA rules on transgender athletes returned to the forefront when Penn swimmer Lia Thomas started smashing records this year. She competed on the men’s team before transitioning.

Photo: FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 file photo, Bauru’s volleyball player Tiffany Abreu takes a selfie with a fan at the end of a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil. Abreu became the first transgender player in the top women’s volleyball league in 2017, five years after halting a career as a globe-trotting male player. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)