Women’s ski jumpers will be jumping for joy after the International Ski Federation (FIS) agreed to sanction a women’s ski jumping World Cup circuit.
Voting members of the FIS Congress unanimously agreed to sanction a women’s ski-jumping World Cup circuit for the 2011-12 season. This will no doubt raise the profile of the athletes and provide a stronger bid for inclusion in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
It is a landmark decision for women jumpers, who have strived to gain Olympic status for more than a decade. A lawsuit from the sport’s top competitors drew international interest in the buildup to the Vancouver Games, and one Canadian Supreme Court justice agreed that the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) stance against the event appeared discriminatory. Ski jumping is the only Olympic discipline – summer or winter – that only involves males (besides nordic combined, which features ski jumping). Still, the Canadian government could not claim jurisdiction over the IOC, and the suit and subsequent appeal were tossed out.
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