VANCOUVER, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), Wai Young, Member of Parliament (Vancouver
South), today announced Government of Canada funding for Tennis Canada
in support of the first round of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World
Group First Round Matches.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support this prestigious
international event featuring a Canada versus France match," said
Minister of State Gosal. "Once again, Canadian interest in tennis is on
the rise due to the performance of our top athletes, and I look forward
to following them on the road to London 2012."
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I welcome all athletes and fans
to Vancouver," said Ms. Young. "I would also like to thank and
congratulate the organizers and many volunteers for their hard work and
dedication in preparation for this prestigious competition."
"We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada for providing us
with this generous funding to assist with the hosting of our upcoming
Davis Cup tie versus France," said Michael S. Downey, President and
CEO, Tennis Canada. "With their contribution, we will be able to hold a
world-class event that will showcase Canadian tennis on the
international stage like never before."
The Davis Cup men's tennis event is the largest annual international
team competition in men's tennis, with 130 nations entering in 2011. It
is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested
between teams of players from competing countries in a knock-out
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Tennis Canada through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program for this event, and Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing $824,000 to Tennis Canada for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)