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Spectrum NY1: Federal Lawmakers Question NCAA's Gender Inequities

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Washington, March 23, 2021 | comments

An independent investigation is needed amid reports of unequal gym facilities at the NCAA's Division I college basketball tournaments this month, Rep. Kathleen Rice said Monday.

The Long Island Democrat, in a letter with fellow lawmakers, also raised the possibility of an independent investigation of the separate facilities. Social media posts by players showed vast differences between equipment available to men and women at the tournament. 

The episode has highlighted the wider disparity in how the association promotes and financially supports the men's tournament and women's tournament each March.

In addition to the differing facilities, men and women in the tournament were offered different COVID-19 tests, with women receiving a less expensive version.

“As an organization that preaches gender equity, the NCAA has failed miserably in living up to its principles,” Rice said.

The disrespect and disregard for the women athletes competing in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament is outrageous and completely unacceptable. Our letter supports the investigation requested by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics and demands equal amenities and services be provided for the women’s tournament immediately. It’s time for the NCAA to practice what it preaches and treat the women participants with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Spectrum: Federal Lawmakers Question NCAA's Gender Inequities

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