Top court refuses to hear appeal ski jump appeal


OTTAWA (AP) — Female ski jumpers have lost their final bid to compete at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Supreme Court of Canada announced on Tuesday that it will not hear an appeal by the ski jumpers.

The women contend that Vancouver organizers are breaking Canada’s Charter of Rights by hosting only men’s ski jumping.

They were seeking leave to appeal two lower-court rulings that said the charter cannot dictate which sports are included in the Winter Games.

The lower courts ruled that the charter does not apply to the International Olympic Committee, which decides what sports are included in the games.

As is customary, the court gave no reasons for its decision.