The IOC Made Me Do it: Women's Ski Jumping, VANOC and the 2010 Winter Olympics

Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel, Vol. 18, pp. 95-107, 2010

13 Pages Posted: 27 May 2010 Last revised: 29 Aug 2013

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Margot E. Young

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This case comment discusses the judicial decisions in Sagen v. VANOC regarding the constitutional challenge brought by women ski jumpers to their exclusion from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. While the claimants argued that the constitutional equality provision (section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) had been infringed, the BC courts' decisions focussed on the novelty of the state action problem. At least one level of court accepted that the exclusion was discriminatory but the challenge failed because the decision to exclude lay within the power of the International Olympic Committee, an entity beyond the ambit of the Canadian Charter. The author concludes that the Charter has contributed little toward stuggles for a just and fair society.

Keywords: Olympic Games, sex discrimination, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 15, ski jumping, women athletes, sport discrimination

Suggested Citation

Young, Margot E., The IOC Made Me Do it: Women's Ski Jumping, VANOC and the 2010 Winter Olympics (2010). Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel, Vol. 18, pp. 95-107, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1615639

Margot E. Young (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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