(WTNH)–The NCAA has announced it will move the first and second rounds of its men’s basketball tournament from North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial ‘HB2’ law, which has become known as the ‘transgender bathroom law’.
The games were originally scheduled to take place in Greensboro on March 17 and 19.
It also announced that six other championship events, including the Division 1 Women’s Soccer Championship (Dec 2 and 4), the Division 1 Women’s Golf Championship, and Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Championship, will be moved.
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events, and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans, and everyone taking part in our championships.”
The NCAA stressed that it events must provide an “inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.”