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The absence of women's ski jumping in the Winter Olympics is increasingly viewed as indefensible sexism, but a recent decision made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suggests the sport may soon be included in the games.

Following an IOC executive board meeting in Acapulco, a statement from the International Ski Federation (FIS) said the IOC is 'looking favorably' at the inclusion of ladies' ski jumping in the Olympics.

The move comes as a victory to those who have long campaigned for the sport to be a part of the Olympics, but the IOC said it will consider the outcome of the respective World Championships during the coming winter season in 2011 before making a final decision.

Freestyle ski half-pipe and slopestyle and snowboard slopestyle are also being 'favourably' considered for inclusion.

The FIS said it was pleased that these event requests have been received positively by the IOC but was disappointed to hear that the alpine team event was not included on the list.