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Suing the IOC instead of taking to task the body of Canadians who invited the IOC to deploy in Canada suggests that, to those doing the criticizing, suffering discrimination is less threatening than is the thought of losing the Olympics. But that's the position of the IOC (and the Canadian government).

Who, I wonder, is Mr. Zirin's ideal reader? It can't be Lindsey Van, the woman who "holds the record on Vancouver's jump site," because Van is aware of the fact that women in her own country are permitted to participate not only in games but in war, and also because Van knows she's a champion and a hero, whether Canada hosts an Olympics or not.

Mr. Zirin's ideal reader, I think, is someone who's a life-long resident of Darfur, a woman in her mid-30s, widowed and with five or six children to support. It's either that or else it's the case that Zirin is saying that those who've lost their case against the International Olympic Committee need to take their case to some world court.

J.E. Bernecky

Westover, PA

Nov 19 2009 - 6:41am