Saturday, January 18, 2014

NCAA Approves Triathlon as Emerging Sport

Read more here.

Women’s triathlon was approved as an emerging sport by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Legislative Committee, a step toward the sport achieving full varsity status.

Sorry, guys, but you won't be competing in any NCAA triathlon championships.

An emerging sport, a designation only given to women’s athletic programs, gains full varsity status if 40 schools add it within 10 years. Other current women’s sports that have followed that route to varsity status include ice hockey, water polo and rowing.

Adding women’s triathlon would create as many as 10 spots for female athletes at each college that fields a team. The addition would help schools meet Title IX standards requiring women to be offered the same opportunities as men. It also could have a far-reaching effect on the sport in the U.S., college coaches, USA Triathlon officials and triathletes have said.

Thanks, Title IX...

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