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March 21, 2024 | Press Releases

Steube Legislation to Prohibit Men from Competing in USA Women’s Olympic Sports Advances Out of Committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today announced the House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), advanced his legislation, H.R. 7187 The Protection of Women in Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 16-15.
The legislation adjusts eligibility requirements for amateur sports governing organizations to prohibit any governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) from allowing men to participate in female athletic events.
“Today’s committee action is a step towards safeguarding women’s sports for generations to come. The mainstream Democratic party continues to push radical, anti-women policies at the expense of female athletes at every competition level. I thank my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee for supporting legislation today that honors the integrity of USA Women’s Olympic events and amateur sporting competitions. I urge swift floor action,” said Rep. Steube.
The need for such legislation was highlighted by recent policy changes initiated by USA Boxing. As of January 1, 2024, USA Boxing adopted a Transgender Policy permitting male boxers to compete in the female category under specific conditions. This policy not only endangers female athletes, but undermines the principles of a fair playing field. 
Under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, Congress granted the U.S. Olympic Committee authority to recognize governing bodies for individual sports. USA Boxing is recognized as the official governing body for boxing.