Athletes take action for fairness in sports act

Friday, July 31, 2020
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Sarah Duley (OneNewsNow.com)

passing a relay batonIdaho's sports fairness measure has gained the support of world-renowned female athletes as the fight to protect women's sports continues.

Female Olympians, Title IX pioneers, and more than 300 collegiate and professional athletes have submitted a letter urging the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors to reject a recent call to boycott Idaho for passing its Fairness in Women's Sports Act, a measure that bars biological males who identify as transgender from competing in women's sports.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Christiana Holcomb told OneNewsNow earlier this year that it is unfair to women to have to compete against biological males in women's sports.

"Anytime you allow a biological male to compete in a women's category, he has an intrinsic physiological advantage. We know from both common sense and from science that males are generally bigger, faster, [and] stronger," she said. "They have bigger lungs and bigger hearts, and stronger muscles and denser bones – all of which, together, give them a physical advantage over their female competitors."

Holcomb

That, she says, is "the whole reason Title IX was designed -- equal athletic opportunity with males. So when you allow males to compete in the girls' category, you're fundamentally destroying that level playing field."

ADF attorneys represent collegiate female athletes in Idaho who are seeking to intervene in court to defend the Fairness in Women's Sports Act against a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Signers of the letter geared toward protecting the integrity of women's sports include world-class cyclist Jennifer Wagner-Assali, world-champion track athlete Cynthia Monteleone, and Title IX pioneer and marathon swimmer Sandra Bucha-Kerscher.

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