TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced
today it will submit a modified version of the traditional Hockey Canada
jersey, as requested by Hockey Canada, to the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) for use at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The jersey is being
submitted for approval in light of a more flexible approach to the issue of
competition wear guidelines that has been signaled by comments emanating from
the IOC this past week in Vancouver.
The COC is continuing to work with Hockey Canada in this ongoing process
and will await word from the IOC on approval.
A suggestion that has received some recent attention is the possible use
of the iconic 1972 Summit Series Team Canada jersey. From the COC's
perspective, this would present a very interesting option to pursue with
Hockey Canada in the event the IOC does not approve the current submission.
Named the greatest team of the 20th Century by the Hockey Hall of Fame,
the '72 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union is an enduring
moment in Canadian history. In consideration of the national pride generated
from the '72 series and what these home Games in 2010 will mean to Canada,
this is something that Canadians could certainly identify with.
The COC will continue to work with its sport partner Hockey Canada to
find a solution that works for both parties and meets with IOC approval.
The COC 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.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Keogh, Canadian Olympic Committee, Cell:
(416) 806-3949, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org