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January 19/10 11:22 am - Cheat or Cheated? A Debate on Gender Injustice in Sport

Posted by Editor on 01/19/10

On Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:00 PM, Hart House Debates Committee & Debating Club at the University of Toronto will present an engaging student debate on whether or not gender testing is necessary in elite athletics and the Olympic Games.

This contentious debate has recently attracted media attention following South African runner Caster Semenya’s gold medal win. With the Olympic Games commencing shortly on Canadian soil, this timely and controversial topic will open and engage varied opinions as well as welcome sport sociologist Dr. Ann Travers to offer reflection and commentary on the broader issue of gender injustice in sport. The discussion will bring together academics, students, and community members to discuss and critique current challenges to full integration for many athletes in sport.

Dr. Ann Travers of Simon Fraser University is a leading expert on gender and sport sociology and will conclude the evening with a talk, drawing together points raised in the debate and comments from the floor, as well as reflecting on her paper: “The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice.”

Event co-sponsors include: Hart House, Hart House Debates Committee, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Resources & Programs, Positive Space Committee

What: Cheat or Cheated? Gender Injustice in Sport

When: Tuesday February 2nd at 5:00 PM, reception with refreshments to follow at 7:00pm

Where: Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

Cost: FREE

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