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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Canadian officials vigorously denied Friday that their women’s jumping team received any training funds as a result of a lawsuit that was brought by Women’s Ski Jumping USA.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Canadian officials vigorously denied Friday that their women’s jumping team received any training funds as a result of a lawsuit that was brought by Women’s Ski Jumping USA.
    “The Canadian women’s team did not receive any money,” said David Pym, Managing Director of the Canadian Snowsports Association. “They chose not to go the route of bringing legal action.” The same sentiment was echoed by Canadian High Performance Coach Ron Reed.
    On May 21, a lawsuit was filed against the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) for discriminating against women’s ski jumpers under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The women are asking the court for an injunction requiring VANOC to include women’s ski jumping in the Games, or, alternatively, to exclude men’s ski jumping if it decides to also exclude women.
    The Canadian women were part of the suit earlier this year according to The National Post, an Ontario, Canada, paper, but dropped out when, “Ms. Lynch (Canadian jumper Zora Lynch) and her teammates negotiated a settlement with Vancouver organizers after they complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission they were being discriminated against.’”
    Lynch went on to say in The National Post that she was “not really opposed to the lawsuit.” Terms of the settlement were not disclosed by VANOC other than the Canadian secretary for sports, Helena Guergis, promised to discuss the matter with IOC President Jacques Rogge.
    Pym took exception to an opinion piece by Gary Black Jr. published on the Ski Racing Web site that indicated there was direct funding involved in the settlement. Click here for a link to Black's piece

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