On Thursday, London’s High Court granted permission for British National Sprint Canoe Champion Sam Rippington’s lawsuit to proceed. In addition, “The IOC and the Olympic Delivery Authority have been ordered to be joined as interested parties. The case will then proceed through the usual preliminary steps,” says professor Kathleen Lahey of Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, who has been supervising a team of law students to tackle the same questions for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Great op-ed by former Canadian National Team Cyclist Laura Robinson, for the Winnipeg Free Press. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canadian-olympians-shut-out-of-games-by-london-lapdogs-163272936.html
Equality audits are mandatory under 2010 U.K. human-rights legislation. When Rippington sent her original request to the organizing committee for a copy of its gender-impact study, they sent back a letter saying they were a private company – despite the $14.7 billion of public funds they accumulated, and they state they have no control over what sporting events take place. But they have control over what we wear and eat for two weeks.
If there were medals awarded for challenging sporting giants (think “The Vatican” of sports), Sam Rippington would win Gold.