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"Distasteful" but not illegal...

posted by After Atalanta
Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11:57am EDT

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...at least in Canada. The quest of the female ski jumpers who filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver Olympic Committee saying that their exclusion was illegal under Canadian civil rights laws has come to an end it seems. The judge in the case dismissed the lawsuit saying that allow it was discrimination and it was indeed "distasteful" that there was really nothing VANOC could do about it because the decision comes from the International Olympic Committee. Judge Lauri Fenlon ruled, not surprisingly, that the Canadian courts were not the place for the lawsuit because the IOC was a "non-party." It's too bad because the IOC will be having a big party in February and the female ski jumpers will not be allowed to attend.

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