COC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Barbados Olympic Association


    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Canada and Barbados have pledged a co-operation
in sport after officials from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the
Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May
29.
    Chris Rudge, CEO and Secretary General of the COC, met with BOA President
Steve Stoute and Secretary General Erskine Simmons to sign the document, which
provides a framework for strengthening the sports relationship between Canada
and Barbados as well as cooperation in the fields of physical fitness and
development of excellence in sports.
    "The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Barbados Olympic Association have
historically had close ties," said COC President Michael Chambers. "Signing
this Memorandum of Understanding helps us work even more closely with our
colleagues in Barbados to improve sport development for both Barbadian and
Canadian athletes and coaches."
    In the Memorandum of Understanding, both national Olympic committees
pledge to develop stronger partnerships between sport federations of Canada
and Barbados with athlete development an area of focus. This includes the free
exchange of coaches, officials, trainers, judges, experts and scientists for
participation in seminars, courses and counselling.
    "This agreement helps spur initiatives with our friends in Barbados and
will benefit the development of sport in the Pan American region now and well
into the future," Rudge said.
    The friendly relationship seeks to promote an understanding between
citizens of Canada and Barbados while supporting Olympic values such as fair
play, anti-doping and multiculturalism. The COC and BOA will also share
information and knowledge in regards to Olympic marketing and legal issues
that arise in the area of sport.

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of Canada's involvement in the Olympic Movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
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