(DCWatchdog.com) – In an admirable initiative, Republican state governors have gone on the offensive against the scourge of transgenderism that the left has actively promoted, as nine governors have asked the NCAA to ban males from participating in women’s sports competitions.
A group of nine Republican governors has penned a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), urging the organization to overhaul its “misguided policies” that currently permit men to compete in women’s sporting events.
“Policies that allow men and women to compete against one another validate an average male athlete stealing the recognition from a truly remarkable female athlete,” the letter, which was issued on Tuesday, states emphatically.
The NCAA’s current stance defers to the national governing bodies of individual sports to establish their own regulations concerning transgender athletes.
“Science proves that it is fundamentally unfair for a biological male to compete against a biological female — that does not change when someone declares themselves as being of a different gender,” the GOP governors write, as cited by National Review.
They cite research from the National Institute for Health identifying a significant 10% performance gap between top male and female athletes.
Drawing attention to the disparities in athletic performance between the sexes, the governors mention Allyson Felix, a decorated American track-and-field Olympian.
They note that although Felix’s personal record in the 400-meter dash is an impressive 49.62 seconds, “hundreds of high school aged boys have run faster times than that,” underscoring the physiological differences between males and females.
The letter to the NCAA was signed by Governors Kristi Noem (South Dakota), Sarah Sanders (Arkansas), Tate Reeves (Mississippi), Mike Parson (Missouri), Greg Gianforte (Montana), Joe Lombardo (Nevada), Kevin Stitt (Oklahoma), Greg Abbott (Texas), and Mark Gordon (Wyoming).
“[In the absence of federal intervention] governors have become the last line of defense for protecting fairness in women’s and girls’ sports,” the Republican officials argue.
The governors’ letter also tells of Riley Gaines, a swimmer who finished in a tie with transgender athlete Lia Thomas during the NCAA women’s 200-meter race.
“Traditionally, when two swimmers tie, they both stand on top of the podium — but Riley was told that the trophy was going to be given to Lia,” the letter reveals.
Addressed to the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards, the letter also nods to Charlie Baker, a former Republican governor of Massachusetts who became the NCAA president in March.
In South Dakota, we passed the strongest bill in the nation to defend girls' sports. Many Republican Govs have done the same.
I’m leading 8 other Republican governors to ask the NCAA to take action. Fairness and opportunity must be protected in women's collegiate athletics. pic.twitter.com/f2r5BO63XN
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) November 2, 2023