Breaking News: IOC President Responds To Women’s Ski Jumpers…Not Good!

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on September 18, 2009 2:10 pm

IOC President Jacques Rogge responded to the Women’s Ski Jumpers letter by basically saying, “We think you’re great, but we aren’t changing our mind.”  Lindsey Van, Jessica Jerome and company has sued to be a part of the games and have been in and out of the court of public appeals, the court of “call everyone you know” and the court of BC law.

The two sides will again square off in the court of law on November 12th and 13th.

Here is a copy of the response from Rogge.

Thank you for your letter dated 4 September 2009.

You have clearly made important strides to develop women’s ski jumping since our decision in 2006 – and in coming years we are open to considering women’s ski jumping for inclusion in future Olympic Winter Games. However, we remain convinced that our decision in 2006 was the correct one, based on the analysis of the event done at that time, and our position for the 2010 Games is unchanged.

I am sure that with your passion for your sport and with the continued support of the International Ski Federation (FIS), your efforts to improve and develop women’s ski jumping globally will create a very compelling argument for the Olympic Programme Commission, when the winter programme is reviewed in the future.

I am pleased that you agree that the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a wonderful initiative and hopefully, with your help, the YOG can play a part in encouraging the next generation of young female athletes to take-up this exciting event.

We continue to work, as Justice Fenlon noted, for “the inclusion of women in the Olympics and in amateur sports”, as well as in the fields of sports leadership and administration, and your commitment to your sport and its development will greatly assist in this domain. I wish you good luck during your competitions this up-coming season and thank you for your continued engagement to sport.

Yours sincerely,
Jacques Rogg