Statement from Basketball Australia on travel arrangements
Basketball Australia today released the following statement on the travel arrangements of our Olympians.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Scott Derwin said: "Travel arrangements fall under a longstanding policy put in place some time ago. It sits at an operational level, and the development of the policy is not something the board would have contributed to.
"The policy around budgets for each national team gives the leadership group of those teams some discretion over how their funds are spent - and that includes travel arrangements.
"We should bear in mind that in fact, historically, more funding has been directed towards the Opals.
"But the simple fact is when a policy results in gender inequality, it's very clearly not the right policy going forward.
"I am putting in place a review of our Olympic travel policy with the goal of ensuring there is equity between travel arrangements for the men's and women's teams attending future Olympics.
"Part of this review will include consultations with the Opals, the Boomers, and the Australian Olympic Committee."
Incoming Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally will start in the role on the 4th of August. Ms Keneally welcomed Mr Derwin's decision to hold a review.
"In this day and age, there's just no excuse for men's and women's sporting teams to be treated differently when they both compete at the same world class level," Ms Keneally said.
"In fact, in this circumstance, the disparity is even more glaring when you consider that our women's basketball team is one of the best in the world - enjoying the number 2 spot in international rankings."
Ms Keneally said the review would be completed within three months.