A gymnast who competed on the University of Minnesota men’s varsity gymnastics team filed a lawsuit challenging the university’s decision to eliminate his team to decrease the number of male athletes at the university.

In the fall of 2020, the University of Minnesota announced it would be eliminating the men’s gymnastics team after the 2020-21 school year under the mistaken belief that federal Title IX law requires the proportion of male athletes to match the proportion of males in the student body.

“Limiting opportunities for athletes to compete in school sports, like we’ve seen at the University of Minnesota, by establishing sex-based quotas is clearly unlawful,” said Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Caleb Trotter. “This kind of sex-based discrimination is precisely what Title IX and the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause forbid. Simply eliminating men’s programs does nothing to create more opportunities for women.”

Evan Ng, a gymnast since he was a child, was devastated when the school announced the elimination of the men’s gymnastics team at the start of his freshman year. He’d received scholarship offers from other schools, but it was Coach Mike Burns at the University of Minnesota who provided the best fit for Ng.

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