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Vision councillor goes to bat for female jumpers

A Vancouver councillor wants women’s ski jumping included in the 2010 Games.

A Vancouver councillor wants women’s ski jumping included in the 2010 Games.

In a motion that appears before council Tuesday, Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs has moved that council call on Vanoc and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include the sport in the 2010 Games.

In 2006, the IOC rejected the addition of women’s ski jumping because of its relatively small number of athletes competing at an international level.

“The inability of women to compete seems to be a real gap in the Games,” said Meggs in an interview Thursday.

“(The motion) is a way of supporting women ski jumpers, but also reminding the IOC that really, under Canadian law, there shouldn’t be an issue.

“There should be equal competition where women and men are both treated equally.”

His motion also calls for council to re-iterate last year’s (the previous council’s) unanimous resolution that called for women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Games.

 
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