VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution
to the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) in support of the 2012
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association
Football (CONCACAF) Women's Olympic Qualifying, which is being held in
Vancouver from January 19 to 29, 2012.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to provide its support to help host
the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying," said Minister of State
Gosal. "We are proud of our national team athletes, and we recognize
their dedication to their sport and the influence they have on the
thousands of younger girls playing soccer in Canada."
Canada will be competing against Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States. The top two
teams will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Hosting international sport events gives Canada the opportunity to
showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world
and brings significant economic benefits to Canadians and their
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to
the podium. A contribution of $250,000 was provided to the CSA through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing $3,311,500 to the CSA for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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