Sunday, January 6

Olympic bosses must rethink exclusion of women ski jumpers

With the coming of the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics F-email Fightback could write about many, many things - cost to taxpayers......... cost to environment (remember Harriet Nahanee?)......attack on panhandlers....impact on prostitutes.....etc etc

Today's post adds blatant gender discrimination to the mix noting that there is no compelling reason why women ski jumpers should not be allowed to participate in the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics? (Given the view of the jump on the left...I won't be signing up for ski jumping lessons anytime soon....but I digress)

The exclusion of women ski jumpers, defended by the International Olympic Committee on the flimsiest of pretexts, risks giving the Games an international black mark for blatant gender discrimination.

In September, the Canadian Human Rights Commission heard a complaint filed by a group of female ski jumpers, who claimed the Olympic movement was discriminating against them. The Commission's decision is expected soon.

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