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Is Aly Raisman Right? 'There is No Such Thing As a 'Girl Sport'

Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman, disappointed at dropping of boys' gymnastics official competitions in Massachusetts, tweets: "There is absolutely no such thing as a 'girl sport.' Is she right?

 

Aly Raisman had heard about plans to drop competitive boys' gymnastics in Massachusetts and she was not pleased.

"Extremely disappointing that boys gymnastics is being dropped by MIAA. This quote upsets me," the gold-medaling gymnast from Needham tweeted on Sunday. Then she posted the quote from the Boston Globe story from Massachusetts interscholastic Athletic Association spokesman Paul Wetzel to which she was referring:

"It’s a girls’ sport," said Wetzel, referring to the lopsided [gymnastics] participation rates. "When was the last time you watched boys’ gymnastics? They don’t get on the cover of the Wheaties box. They don’t get the endorsements."

Raisman's next tweet: 

There is absolutely no such thing as a "girl sport" #ridiculous

The whole issue of MIAA's decision to drop boys' gymnastics from official competition centers around statistics that reportedly show declining interest by boys in gymnastics as a sport.

Seven high schools in Massachusetts offer active boys' gymnastics programs: Newton North, Newton South, Burlington, Andover, Attleboro, Braintree, and Lowell. Coaches, students and others have expressed their disappointment.

So, if there appears to be declining interest in boys' gymnastics, is the MIAA right to drop its official competition? Is gymnastics a 'girl's sport'? Or is Aly Raisman right, that there is no such thing as a girl's sport (or, by extension, a boy's sport)? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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