Georgia high school sports officials announced Wednesday that the state's athletes must compete in athletic competitions aligning with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Student-athletes of at least 463 high schools will be subject to the decision following a vote that saw the Georgia High School Association re-adopt its 2017 bylaws, according to a report.
These bylaws make clear that student-athletes are bound to athletic competitions that are designated by one's assigned sex at birth.
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The vote and decision come in the wake of a year that has seen transgender athletes such as Lia Thomas, an NCAA champion and swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, dominate the national debate scene.
Thomas, who swam for UPenn's men's swimming team for three years in NCAA Division I competition, won the women’s 500-yard NCAA championship earlier this year.
"It really has not been an issue. It's out of concern of competitive imbalance and understanding there are biological differences physically, biologically male and females, and we wanted to keep a level playing field," Robin Hines, executive director for the Georgia High School Association, said.
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It is important that all student-athletes have a fair chance to compete in Georgia high school sports, Hines said.