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GENDER AND OTHER ISSUES

Gay Olympians in short supply
August 18, 2008 - Only 10 of the 10,500 athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics are openly gay, according to a study by a gay website. Some gay athletes fear that coming out would bring disapproval from fans and team mates, others worry about the damage to endorsements, Outsports.com said. Unwarranted media attention could also detract from their performances, it added.

Perdita Felicien, Sylvie Bigras lend their voices to anti-doping message
June 19, 2008 - The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) have collaborated to provide all Beijing-bound athletes and their support personnel with anti-doping information specific to the upcoming Olympic Games. The message comes in the form of a ten-minute audiocast, for streaming or download from the web. Perdita Felicien, two-time Olympic hurdler, delivers the message to Olympic hopefuls in English, with the French voiced by the Canadian mission Press Chief, Sylvie Bigras.

VANOC

VANOC files defense statement on women's jumping suit
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games filed a Statement of Defense on Friday morning in response to the Statement of Claim issued by several female ski jumpers on Wednesday, May 21, 2008. VANOC’s Statement of Defense is available for review from the Supreme Court of British Columbia Vancouver Registry. May 30, 2008

BC Supreme Court

New lawsuit targets VANOC in jumping fight
The athletes named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court spoke out Thursday at a press conference in the hopes of ensuring that women ski jumpers have the same Olympic opportunities as male ski jumpers. May 23, 2008

Olympic Rings Athletes passionately express their feelings on Beijing 2008
Gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, athletes from around the world who represent the voice of sportsmen and women on the International Olympic Committee, met to discuss how to address the challenging international backdrop into which the Olympic Games have been drawn in recent weeks. April 24, 2008

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