On Friday, March 19, a Tiktok video went viral on the platform after calling out the administration of NCCA over an issue of gender inequality in the sports arena.
Before the TikTok video, a coach already criticized the organization on Instagram over unfair and lack of training facilities in women gymnasium or area.
Now, the agency has finally fixed their mistakes.
NCCA’s gym issues
The day before the TikTok video went viral on the video-sharing app, a coach from Stanford sports Ali Kershner posted photos of what appears to be an unfair treatment of women and men athletes in the said provided training area.
In the photos, it was seen that the men training facility was composed of gym equipment variations, including squat racks, weight benches and dumbbells.
After showing what the men facility looks like, Kershner also posted pictures of the women training facility—not so far from the men’s—with only a limited access to one paltry tower of dumbbells with a maximum weight of 30 pounds.
“Not usually one for this type of post but this deserves attention,” she wrote. “This is the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament vs. Women’s Basketball tournament bubble set up. @ncaawbb @ncaa @marchmadness this needs to be addressed. These women want and deserve to be given the same opportunities.
“Not only that – 3 weeks in a bubble and no access to DBs above 30’s until the sweet 16? In a year defined by a fight for equality this is a chance to have a conversation and get better.”
Surprisingly, the Instagram post went viral, allowing the ‘unfair’ treatment to reach the NCCA officials themselves.
What the NCCA has to say
NCAA vice president Lynn Holzman responded to Kershner’s post with a statement saying, “lack of space” was the main reason why the facilities between the men and women were not equally distributed.
They also said that they’re doing their best, at the time, to fulfill all the needs of all athletes, regardless of their gender or sport.
Here’s where TikTok viral gets serious
When everyone thinks that the issue won’t be pressing anymore, a TikTok video went viral, a day after the release of the NCCA statement.
Oregon player Sedona Prince posted a video of the live events that were happening on the facility.
On the video, she first showed the limited gym equipment in the women’s training area. After that, Prince compared it with the very well-equipped gym equipment that men have on their area.
She captioned this video with “It’s 2021 and we are still fighting for bits and pieces of equality.”
NCCA Finally Fixes Issue
Thanks to the social media platforms, NCCA has finally fixed the issue by providing more equipment in the women training area.
The 2021 NCAA women’s basketball tournament starts on March 21.
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