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16 Female Athletes File Federal Lawsuit Against NCAA for Permitting Male Athletes to Compete in Women’s Sports

Sixteen female athletes have filed a federal lawsuit against the NCAA, spearheaded by the All-American swimmer Riley Gaines. The athletes have accused the organization of violating Title IX by permitting male athletes to compete in women’s sports.

“The NCAA cannot continue to run from accountability and responsibility in upholding the federal civil rights law that is Title IX,” said Gaines in a podcast video.

The lawsuit has further accused the University System of Georgia and Georgia Tech, an NCAA member, “of running afoul of Title IX by changing the women’s locker room designation at the 2022 swimming finals to “unisex.”

“This change was made so that Thomas, a fully grown adult male with full male genitalia, could use the same locker rooms to be used by more than 300 female student-athletes, depriving the female student-athletes of sex-separated women’s locker room facilities and bathroom and restroom facilities,” the complaint said.

“The decision to allow Thomas to share facilities with the women exposed them to “a loss of bodily privacy and shock, humiliation, and embarrassment in violation of their constitutional right to bodily privacy,” said the filing.

In a statement, NCAA spokesperson Michelle Hosick said, “College sports are the premier stage for women’s sports in America, and while the NCAA does not comment on pending litigation, the Association and its members will continue to promote Title IX, make unprecedented investments in women’s sports and ensure fair competition in all NCAA championships.”

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