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Women Get the Olympic Shaft

Monday, December 7, 2009, 12:23 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just a couple months away, one columnist at a British Columbia news magazine is venting about Canada’s spinelessness on the issue of excluding female ski jumpers from the Olympics. (I have added links for clarification.)

Now, now, let’s not get too uppity here. We need to be understanding. We need to be unified. We need to be supportive. We need to be patient. We need to pretend everything’s hunky-dory. We need to be quiet.

Or else.

That seems to be the position taken by every struck-mute politician in Canada, most certainly by VANOC, by CODA, by Dick Pound, Canada’s representative on the IOC and by all people dazzled and dumbfounded by the Olympic juggernaut.

In fairness to our northern neighbors, Canada doesn’t have a monopoly on sexism where the Olympics are concerned. Besides the many other NOCs that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, the IOC violates its own charter every time it allows participation by Islamic countries that prohibit women from competing in sports. (See principle 5 of the preamble and rule 45.3, among other provisions that explicitly mention discrimination.)

Expect this story to get plenty of attention in media coverage of the games in February.

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds.)

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