Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nice try, but...

In what appears to be a last-ditch effort to get their sport into the Vancouver games, a group of female ski jumpers has written a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge asking him to let them compete this coming winter. Since it appears that no one has jurisdiction over the IOC and Rogge, the women are doing what they can to keep their cause alive. And they are also drawing on the positive reaction to the inclusion of women's boxing in the summer games starting in 2012. Boxing was the only summer games sport without with a men-only competition. Ski jumping and Nordic combined are the only men-only sports in the winter games (and now, I suppose in the whole Olympic roster).
I admire their efforts as I have throughout this fight. But I am doubtful this letter, even in combo with the praise from the boxing decision, will sway Rogge. This is, after all, the man who refused to even meet with the women in person to let them plead their case.

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