Women ski jumpers seek clarification

The group of women ski jumpers fighting to have their sport included innext year’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are asking theInternational Olympic Committee to clarify why they’ve been grounded.

The group of women ski jumpers fighting to have their sport included in next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are asking the International Olympic Committee to clarify why they’ve been grounded.

“Specifically, we do not understand the phrase ‘technical merit.’ What criteria have we failed to meet?” the women ask in their letter.

The IOC had previously said the women couldn’t jump because they didn’t meet “technical merit.” They were told they didn’t have enough women participating in the sport at an elite level.

The letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge asks how the criteria set for ski jumping compares to the set for ski cross, snowboard cross, luge, bobsleigh and skeleton — all have a similar number of women participants to ski jumping.

Lawyers for the women jumpers return to the B.C. Court of Appeal in November to ask for equal treatment. They either want women and men to be allowed to jump or both to be grounded.

Women’s ski jumping will be an event in the 2012 Youth Olympics.

 
 
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