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‘BACK TO BIOLOGY’: DeSantis Signs Bill to Protect Female Athletes | Human Events

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In another random act of federalism by Human Events’ favorite actor, Ron DeSantis kicked off Pride Month by signing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” to protect female athletes from competing against biological males. 

“We believe in the state of Florida, of protecting the fairness and the integrity of women’s athletics,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “And I can tell you this, in Florida, you know, girls are going to play girl’s sports and boys are going to play boy’s sports, that’s what we’re doing. We’re going to make sure that that’s the reality. So the bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida. It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females. And we’re going to go back to biology.” 

In Florida, we’re going to do what’s right and we won’t be cowed by pressure from woke corporations. They will not dictate the policies in Florida – not now, not ever. Florida will stand strong and protect women’s sports and opportunities.

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 1, 2021

DeSantis added that the bill defines an athlete’s biological sex based on their official birth certificate at the time of birth. The bill provides women opportunities for scholarships and competition at the highest level, while also vindicating the rights of any women athletes who may be discriminated against. 

“Moving forward, any student who’s deprived of athletic opportunity, as a result of a violation of this law, will have the right to civil remedies,” he said. “Any school or public post secondary institution that suffers direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this bill, including by a government entity, accrediting organization or athletic association, can also pursue civil remedies.” 

Also at the presser, DeSantis played a video showing biological males competing against female athletes in high school track levels and winning, noting it’s “blatantly unfair.” 

He also dismissed threats from the NCAA warning against laws that protect females from having to compete against biological males. 

“Some of these organizations say they’re not going to hold events if you do this, just let me say very clearly, in Florida, we’re going to do what’s right, we’ll stand up to corporations, they are not going to dictate the policies in this state,” DeSantis said. “We will stand up to groups like the NCAA, who think that they should be able to dictate the policies in different states.”  

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act ensures women and girls aren’t discriminated against in athletic competition. These female athletes deserve a level playing field and are entitled to pursue their dreams in contests that have integrity.https://t.co/S1jMGTnkZm pic.twitter.com/vrBSFFajxB

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Dubai revises Covid safety measures for events, activities

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Dubai revises Covid safety measures for events, activities
Capacity at hotels, restaurants increased.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced updated precautionary measures for events and activities, effective from May 17, 2021.

According to the revised measures, live entertainment and activities are allowed in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month (extendable) starting May 17. The latest precautionary measures must be observed, and performers and entertainers should be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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All entertainment facilities and venues can have an increased capacity of 70 per cent, while hotels can raise their occupancy ceiling to 100 per cent.

The Supreme Committee stressed that it continues to be mandatory for people attending events and activities to wear face masks and observe a minimum physical distancing of two metres.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces updated precautionary measures for events and activities. pic.twitter.com/XcUu0OpJbT

– Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 17, 2021

Weddings

Wedding events are allowed, with the maximum attendance capped at 100 for wedding venues/hotels. All attendees and staff should have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Attendance at wedding events at homes is capped at 30; all attendees should strictly observe updated precautionary measures, including social distancing rules and wearing of masks.

Capacity at eateries

The maximum number of people allowed to sit on a single table at restaurants has been increased to 10. Coffee shops can have a maximum of six people per table. Restaurants are allowed to resume brunches with strict observance of updated precautionary measures outlined by authorities.

Bars

For a one-month extendable trial period starting May 17, 2021, bars will be permitted to re-open, provided all customers and staff have received the Covid-19 vaccine. The latest precautionary measures must be stringently observed, as required under the permit type.

Events, dinners

Permits will also be given for community sports events, concerts and social and institutional events like gala dinners and award ceremonies for a trial period of one month (extendable) starting from May 17. Attendees and participants must have been vaccinated for Covid-19 and observe the latest precautionary measures as required under the permit type.

Sports events

Fans and spectators will also be able to attend sports events, provided all attendees, participants and staff have received the Covid-19 vaccine. The attendance capacity for these permitted events should not exceed 70 per cent. The maximum attendance allowed for such events is 1,500 for indoor events and 2,500 for outdoor events.

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Tulsa Could Lose NCAA Events, See Financial Impact If ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ Becomes Law

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The NCAA gives a warning that could threaten some large sporting events planned for Tulsa.

This has to do with Oklahoma Senate Bill 2, also known as the “Save Women’s Sports Act.” It prohibits anyone assigned male at birth from playing on women’s sports teams.

Related Story: NCAA Warns Okla. Transgender Sports Bill Could Impact Future Events

The BOK is scheduled to host the NCAA wrestling championship in 2023, but if the bill becomes law, that might not happen.

“When you think about the NCAA wrestling in ‘23 coming which we’ve been bidding and preparing for five years, that’s $17 million in revenue alone,” said President of Tulsa Regional Tourism, Ray Hoyt.

NCAA Championships like this one have brought more than $27 million to Tulsa in the past 10 years, and future events are already scheduled.

“In the long term, it could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue and those jobs because now we don’t have that activity,” said Hoyt.

Hoyt said it’s very difficult to get the NCAA Board of Governors to pick your city to host events in, and that could cause a ripple effect impacting hotels and businesses in the area.

“That will be the bigger loss is what would we lose in the future that we don’t even get considered for,” said Hoyt. 

In the statement, the NCAA Board of Governors said the NCAA will not host championships in states that have anti-transgender laws or bills, saying “when determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.”

Hoyt said if Senate Bill 2 goes through, these events would be gone.

“If we want to adopt a transgender policy, then let’s adopt one that’s been approved by the NCAA and other bodies. Therefore, we’re in compliance with them and we still get the benefit of having them here and the benefit of having a transgender policy,” said Hoyt.

Former OSU athlete and co-author of the bill, Shelia Dills, says,

Osage County Representative Sean Roberts also sponsored the bill, and says,

Tulsa Representatives Melissa Provenzano, District 79, and John Waldron, District 77, said the OSSAA already has policies and procedures in place which haven’t needed to be applied so far.

“The real situation is that we have kids who need our love and support just like any other kids, and we have to remember that,” said Provenzano.

“The people who are much closer to the problem already know how to address the situation and they can come up with fair rules that don’t involve getting into the privacy of our students or discouraging trans athletes from participating in our sports,” said Waldron.

Several NCAA championship events are already scheduled to happen across the state in the next few years.

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World Cups among 97 events UK Sport hopes country can host over next decade | News News | Sky Sports

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France won the last World Cup in Moscow in 2018 but could the joint UK and Ireland bid for 2030 prove successful?

The UK has identified almost 100 international sporting events it has aspirations to host over the next decade which would bring a combined benefit to the economy of almost £7bn.

UK Sport, with strong support from the Government, has earmarked 97 events across 44 sports, including 46 world championships, between now and 2031.

Some of those events have already been secured, while others like the 2030 men’s football World Cup, an English bid for the 2025 women’s rugby World Cup and the 2031 Ryder Cup are at the feasibility study stage.

While UK Sport could not put a figure on how many of those events it would actually secure, it said the UK’s bid success ratio stood at around 80 per cent over the last four years, which would equate to 78 of those 97 events being secured if bids ultimately went in for all of them.

The biggest prize of all would arguably be the men’s centenary football World Cup in 2030.

FIFA is set to outline the bidding process by the second quarter of next year, with a decision due to be taken on the hosts at its 2024 Congress.

The UK and Ireland are exploring the feasibility of a joint bid for those finals, but could find themselves up against Spain and Portugal to be UEFA’s preferred bidder.

There is then expected to be a South American bid, which at the very least would command sentimental support given Uruguay hosted the inaugural finals in 1930.

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UK Sport chief operating officer Simon Morton said football politics were part of the discussions around feasibility, but believes there are many differences with this bid compared to the failed England-only attempt for the 2018 finals.

“FIFA has made some significant and important changes to the bid process, it has become significantly more transparent,” he said.

“Some said that the [2018] bid was perhaps a bit too insular – well we’re talking about a five-nation bid, so the tone is completely different.

“This is pioneering, this is unprecedented in terms of what we’re talking about. So I think those things give us confidence that after 11 years since the last bid, things have the potential to be different this time around.”

The list also includes a feasibility study into hosting the Grand Depart of a future Tour de France, while other so-called ‘mega events’ classed as opportunities include the World Athletics and Para-Athletics Championships, the men’s and women’s cricket World Cups, the men’s cricket world T20, the European Championships and tennis’ Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup finals.

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