Five female ski jumpers join lawsuit to be included in 2010 Winter Olympics

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Five female Canadian ski jumpers want to add their names to a lawsuit seeking to have their sport included in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The women join 10 others who allege their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are being violated since male jumpers are allowed to compete in Olympics but they are not. The sport was left off the roster for the 2010 Games because the IOC declared it was not developed enough to merit inclusion in the Olympics. The claimants filed suit against the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).  The women argue that the local organizers must respect the Charter because the Olympic Games are partially funded by the federal government. In their statement of defence, VANOC claims they cannot override the IOC and even if the women’s rights were violated, there are reasonable grounds to do so. The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in B.C. Supreme Court in April 2009.

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