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NCAA step perils women's group

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES. / January 15, 1981



Miami Beach

Members of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) are concerned that the organization will be devastated by the introduction of women's championships by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, long the leading governing body of men's intercollegiate sports, staff correspondent Christine Terp reports. The NCAA voted here to introduce women's championships in its Division I -- the big football and basketball schools -- and to adopt legislation to integrate women into the NCAA structure.

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The NCAA proposes 29 championships in 12 sports, which would duplicate most of the AIAW's 39 championships in 17 sports. And that, says Donna Lopiano, the women's group president, could wipe out her 10- year-old organization.