Unfair Weights?

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Madison Vanhowe , Reporter

 

Starting on March 21, 2021, the NCAA Women’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament took place in San Antonio, Texas. There were over 60 teams playing, but the weight room did not meet the expectations the teams thought it would.

 

An Instagram post by Stanford University Sports Performance Coach Ali Kershner stating “This needs to be addressed. These women want and deserve to be given the same opportunities,” showed a disappointing weight room provided for the women in the tournament. The weight room only consisted of a single set of dumbbells and some yoga mats, while the men’s room had rows of weights and equipment.

 

“I want to be really clear,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an interview. “This is not something that should have happened and, should we ever conduct a tournament like this again, will ever happen again.” Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball, acknowledged in a statement as well that “In part, this is due to the limited space and the original plan was to expand the workout area once additional space was available later in the tournament,” she continued. “However, we want to be responsive to the needs of our participating teams, and we are actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.”

 

Following the statements by NCAA, Oregon Ducks player Sedona Prince took to Tik Tok to not only show the single rack of weights, but to debunk the statement made by Holzman, and also show the vast amount of space left over where a women’s weight room could have been placed.

 

That Saturday, a tweet was posted by the NCAA women’s basketball account stating “the weight room has arrived! Let’s gooooo.” Indicating a weight room was finally given to the women. Although supporters as well as the players of women’s basketball rejoiced and celebrated the new weight room, many questioned and are still questioning why it took a national outrage for the situation to be resolved. Hopefully, next year this situation will not repeat itself and call for another disappointing start to the tournament.