NCAA threatens Oklahoma over transgender athletes

In a newly released statement, the NCAA Board of Governors indicates it may not allow college championships to be held in Oklahoma unless the state requires female athletes to compete against transgender athletes—those born male who now identify as female.

One lawmaker who benefited from an athletic scholarship in college said the state should be willing to forgo those events to preserve an even playing field in women’s athletics.

“We all want to promote business and economic development opportunities in our state and our local communities, and we certainly love athletics,” said state Rep. Sheila Dills, R-Tulsa. “But we cannot sacrifice our Oklahoma values, which include fairness in sport and the protection of opportunities for women and girls in Oklahoma, for the sake of dollars or even the popularity of such events.”

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