No discrimination against female ski jumpers:?Rogge

The inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Winter Olympics would “dilute” the value of other medals, the head of the International Olympic Committee said yesterday in Vancouver.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said women’s ski jumping is not “universal” enough nor does it have the number of participants to be included in the Games.


“There is no discrimination here whatsoever,” Rogge said. “The decision of the International Olympic Committee not to include women’s ski jumping was made on technical grounds, not on gender.”

Rogge said only 80 female ski jumpers would be competing for three Olympic medals.

He compared it to “tens of millions” of athletes — presumably in a summer Olympic sport like soccer — competing for those same three medals.

“We don’t want the value of medals diluted or watered down.”

But Deedee Corradini, president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, said the comparison is unfair because of the small number of ski-jumping venues worldwide.

She said the sport is more established and has more participants than five other winter sports, including women’s ski-cross and women’s luge, which have been made Olympic sports.

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