Nov 14 2009

Will Canadian Men Support Canadian Women’s Charter Rights?

Published by at 5:50 pm under Canada,Olympics,Vancouver

The Canadian Women’s ski jumping team is officially barred from the Olympics due to an arbitrary decision by the IOC that seems to clash with the Canadian Charter of Rights. Following the latest ruling by the BC Court of Appeal confirming their decision, the IOC states:

The IOC has continued to demonstrate by its actions its support for women athletes and their participation in the Olympic Games

… by not supporting women athletes’ participation in the Olympics. Nicely done.

Will the Canadian men’s ski jump team now stand in solidarity with their female counterparts and boycott the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games? Perhaps only such an extreme gesture would help the IOC understand that where Olympics rules trample on civil rights, those rules ought to get tossed out.

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5 Responses to “Will Canadian Men Support Canadian Women’s Charter Rights?”

  1. Powell Lucason 15 Nov 2009 at 7:29 am

    There may be some token protest by the mens ski jumpers, but it will be minor. The men’s teams realize the injustice of this decision by the IOC. They also realize that, by raising this issue in a serious fashion, that the next winter games will include womens jumpers. The battle has been won and the IOC’s ridiculous stance is now only a face saving ploy.
    The male athletes have too much time and money invested to give it up. I also believe that the men will stand squarely with the women and threaten a boycott of the next games unless the IOC changes its mind. This will do nothing to help today’s female jumpers, but it will open the doors for the next generation.

  2. Fred from BCon 15 Nov 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Wow. What have you guys been smoking and where can I get some?

    This is just one more case of whiners trying to get the courts to hand them something that they haven’t earned. The IOC was quite clear right from the start: there are a certain set of criteria that have to be met to qualify for entry that were NOT MET. Period. End of story. If you don’t like the rules, too bad. Suck it up, organize yourselves and meet the standards for the next Winter Olympics.

    I don’t care about the games and have never watched them, but I draw the line at a bunch of people who don’t even live here abusing our legal system for their personal gain…

  3. Fredon 16 Nov 2009 at 1:31 pm

    If the Jumper girls were really serious, they’d be suing the IOC not VANOC.

    This is either a cute publicity stunt or their lawyers are terminally stupid for going after VANOC.

  4. jnarveyon 16 Nov 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Actually, it’s smart. The IOC doesn’t fall under Canadian jurisdiction. VANOC does.

    Hence, they are the group that is subject to Canadian constitutional law — and really ought to be doing the right thing.

  5. Fred from BCon 16 Nov 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Actually, it’s smart. The IOC doesn’t fall under Canadian jurisdiction. VANOC does.

    Hence, they are the group that is subject to Canadian constitutional law — and really ought to be doing the right thing.

    —————–

    And they did exactly that.

    When the women have enough registered competitors and have held the required number of championship events, they will be welcomed into the next Winter Olympics…and NOT BEFORE.

    Again, where is the justification for allowing these women to bypass the long-standing IOC requirements? What is so special about them that they think the rules don’t apply to them? What would you say to all the athletes who *did* jump through all the hoops and meet all the requirements to enter the winter Olympics…”too bad, suckers…you should have just gone to court and done it the easy way”?

    I have no sympathy for them. None.

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