Youth sports backers oppose North Dakota bill that would restrict transgender athletes

Youth sports backers oppose North Dakota bill that would restrict transgender athletes

Charley Johnson, president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, said if passed, the bill would have a devastating affect on the ability to host youth tournaments, including those involving swimming, wrestling, hockey, soccer, baseball and other sports.

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National youth sports organizations won’t want to stage events in a state that has such restrictions, he said, nor will they bend their rules for North Dakota.

“They’re just going to go away. They have lots of other places they can go,” Johnson said.

He said an attorney for the CVB has the same interpretation of the bill’s…

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