Gaines calls World Athletics ban ‘huge first step,’ shifts focus to protect young girls’ sports

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Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines speaks during a rally on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, outside of the NCAA Convention in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Gaines calls World Athletics ban ‘huge first step,’ shifts focus to protect young girls’ sports

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Riley Gaines praised the World Athletics’s banning of biological males who identify as transgender women from competing in female sporting events, but she said protecting younger girls’ sports must be a priority.

While speaking on the Ingraham Angle, Gaines, a former championship swimmer and women’s sports advocate, called the news of the World Athletics vote barring transgender women “a little piece of good news.”

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“This is huge. This is monumental, really,” Gaines said. “It is always hard to be the first ones to take a bold step that goes against the woke fad. So World Athletics doing this is a huge first step in the right direction.”

However, she cautioned that “the work and the fight to save women’s sports is nowhere near being done.”

“What about those young girls?” Gaines questioned. “What about those girls fighting for scholarship spots? We need to make it a priority to protect them as well.”

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Gaines said she believes it is going to take female athletes taking courageous moves to boycott competition for there to be greater change.

“I never want to place the blame on the girls or make the girls be the ones sacrificing their positions,” Gaines said. “But that’s what it is going to take. We need more women and girls, female athletes, in this position where they are competing against biological men to stand up to this. I know it is hard, and it requires a lot of courage.”

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