Canadian Olympic Committee Executive Calls on Federal Government to Support Summer Sport Program



    WHISTLER, BC, March 26 /CNW/ - Following its meeting this weekend in
Whistler, B.C., the Executive Committee of the Canadian Olympic Committee
(COC) added the weight of its voice to call on the Harper Government to invest
in the Road to Excellence summer sport program.
    "The Executive Committee unanimously expresses its disappointment that
the federal budget did not include additional support to Canada's summer
athletes," said COC President Michael Chambers. "We call on the federal
government to invest in Canada's Olympic summer athletes as clearly laid out
in the Road to Excellence summer sport program. Canada's summer athletes
deserve the same opportunity to achieve international success as their winter
counterparts, who received additional government support through the
successful Own the Podium 2010 program."
    "Summer sport has waited long enough for additional funding and can't
wait any longer," said Iain Brambell, Chair of the COC's Athletes' Council, a
two-time Olympian in rowing and a hopeful for the 2008 Olympic team. "With the
Olympic Games in Beijing less than 18 months away, summer athletes need
additional training and competition support now."
    The COC's Executive Committee is made up of representatives from various
sport backgrounds, including both summer and winter National Sport
Federations, and Olympians representing the organization's Athletes' Council.

    The Road To Excellence Business Plan, released in June 2006, was
developed by the 28 Olympic and Paralympic summer sports, the COC, the
Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada as an initial action plan to
start the process of creating a more coordinated, effective Canadian sport
system resulting in world-class programs, policies and financing that will
help Canada achieve podium success. The plan targets a top 16 placing for
Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and a top 12 placing at the 2012
Olympic Games in London.

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
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
educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.

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