A group of GOP Senators met with the United States Women’s Team and the Olympic Champions on Thursday to discuss the controversial issue of transgender athletes competing in sports, calling it “dangerous” for women to compete with biological men.
Senators Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., And Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Discussed the preservation of women’s sport with three-time Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson, US World Masters team track and field athlete Cynthia Monteleone and her daughter, high school track athlete Margaret Oneal.
“I firmly believe that no one should be discriminated against and that everyone should be treated with dignity, respect and privacy. We cannot ignore the biological differences in male and female athletics,” Ernst said in a statement at Fox News.
“To do so would threaten a woman’s physical safety and limit her chances of athletic success and scholarship. As a woman and a mother, I am passionate about protecting women and girls, which is why I work with my colleagues. to pass the Protection of Women and Girls in Sport Act, ”Ernst continued.
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Last February, Ernst, Blackburn and Hyde-Smith co-sponsored the Protecting Women and Girls in Sport Act, designed to protect the opportunities of female athletes.
“Female athletes are champions and deserve a fair chance to compete. Allowing men to compete in women’s sports deprives student-athletes of a level playing field in which to compete and succeed. It is an insult to athletes like Cynthia Monteleone, Margaret Oneal, Inga Thompson and a direct attempt to discriminate against women, ”said Blackburn.
Senators’ discussion with athletes focused on the issue of “fairness” in women’s sports when biological men are allowed to compete against women or on women’s teams.
At the 2018 Masters World Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain, Monteleone faced transgender athlete from Colombia, Yanelle Del Mar Zape. According to the athlete-turned-coach, when she voiced her concerns, she was called a “bad loser” by championship race officials as they tried to silence her.
Additionally, Monteleone’s daughter, high school athlete Margaret Oneal, placed second behind a biological male in a track and field competition in her sophomore year.
Oneal told Fox News it was “disheartening and disheartening” to compete with a “physically stronger” biological man in his track race. She said it also had a mental impact on her teammates, who were intimidated to run against a stronger, faster man during competition.
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Thompson, who won several Olympic medals in 1984, 1988 and 1992 for cycling and placed in the Tour de France in 1986, spoke of the additional challenges she faced in her experiences racing against physically superior men. when women’s events were not available.
The Olympic medalist also said that despite years of work to enact Title IX protections so that women can compete in sports in general, transgender activism is rolling back these important advances.
She also mentioned that the recent NCAA ruling that athletes can leverage their name when they are at the college level poses a threat to female athletes who could be displaced by transgender athletes with a biological advantage.
Critics of transgender bans in athletics say athletes who identify as female don’t really have a competitive advantage over biological women, especially if they take hormones, and any opposing views is simply discriminatory.
However, Thompson and Monteleone pointed to several studies that indicate that even though a biological man takes female hormones, he still has a competitive advantage over women.
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The first openly transgender athletes are currently performing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who is expected to compete for gold in the 87 kilogram category on Monday.
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