The NCAA women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio will now have a weight room filled with equipment for student athletes, according to ESPN’s Holly Rowe.
The news comes after South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley wrote a statement to the NCAA condemning the inequalities in training at the women’s basketball tournament compared to men’s teams.
Staley said the problem goes beyond inadequate training gear and loot bags for teams participating in the tournament. His comments came in response to an NCAA representative who said he did not believe there would be enough space for full weight rooms at the women’s tournament because the host convention center was too small.
South Dakota women’s basketball, seeded No. 9 in this year’s tournament, posted a video on Twitter of their players doing band workouts on Friday because they didn’t have a proper weight room to use before facing off. to No. 8 Syracuse on Sunday.
Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw said in a statement Saturday that “facility inequalities” are not his concern.
“What bothers me is that no one on the NCAA leadership team noticed,” McGraw said. “As corporations across the country strive to hire women and establish diversity and inclusion teams, the NCAA had the opportunity to highlight how sport can be a place where we don’t just talk about equality, we show it.”
For McGraw, it’s the disparity between men’s and women’s tournaments and “fighting that battle for years” that has become exhausting.
“Tired of having to start everything we do with the word ‘Women’, which would be nice if men had to do the same, but they don’t and when they don’t, it makes us look like their event’s JV tournament. . “Said McGraw.
“We have taken the crumbs from the table where we did not even sit and complain. We have accepted our destiny too long. This generation of women waits longer and we will not stop until we get it.”
Beyond the uneven accommodations, Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who remains in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, told reporters Friday that his players get COVID-19 tests different from the team’s. male.
According USA TODAY Sports, the female teams receive daily antigen tests, while the male team undergoes a daily PCR test. Antigen tests are given for faster results, but have a greater chance of missing an active infection, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
PCR tests detect the genetic material of the virus and can detect the virus within a few days of infection, even if the person is asymptomatic. PCR tests have a longer turnaround time, but can be delivered in 24 hours.
“I’m not a medical expert, so I’m not going to get into a debate about PCR and antigen,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. USA TODAY Sports. “All the health experts said that the protocol we are using at all of our venues and at all of our championships is no different. [sic] not at all in terms of our ability to mitigate risk. “
The NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins Sunday with the first 16-game roster starting at noon on ESPN.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.