A high school track athlete says she had to compete with two biological men in her new year and as a result, she lost faith in her athletic abilities.
Athlete Alana Smith and Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Christiana Kiefer join the “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the ongoing struggle for equal ground on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Title IX.
“It felt like the race was over before I could start,” Smith explained to Dana Perino as a host about having to compete with biological males.
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At one tournament, Smith said she felt she had not paid enough for her hard work and training and went home with a medal for third place instead of second place.
The emergence of transgender athletes in sports has created a debate as to whether a transgender woman or girl has a competitive advantage over a biological woman or girl.
Thursday with marking 50th Anniversary of Title IXThe lecture is heating up.
The Biden Administration wants transgender athletes to enjoy the same protections that Title IX provided for women five decades ago. At that time in 1972, the debate over transgender players was far from over.
Smith said he was speaking out against the unequal playing field for girls in sports to encourage other athletes in the same way.
‘We are struggling to stay afloat in women’s sports,’ said a Connecticut student who is suing for a translinging policy.
Kiefer is helping Smith fight the legal battle to save girls’ sports.
“We must not only celebrate the achievements of these amazing women athletes, but also work to protect the next generation of Title IX and women’s sports,” she said, adding that the Biden administration now allows men to compete and dominate women’s sports.
“The bottom line is that we need to protect the female sex category so that girls like Alana can continue to showcase their talents, stay on the podium and earn the most crucial college scholarships for their future careers.”
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Smith said he plans to continue his education at the University of Tennessee and track his career. A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit filed by Smith and other Connecticut athletes against state policy against transgender competitors.
Ryan Gados of Fox News contributed to this report