Harper Government Supports the 2011 Hargobind International Wrestling Tournament

BURNABY, BC, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Wai Young, Member of Parliament (Vancouver South), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Wrestling Canada Lutte for hosting the 2011 Hargobind International Wrestling Tournament.

"Our Government is pleased to support Wrestling Canada Lutte in hosting the 2011 Hargobind International Wrestling Tournament," said Minister of State Gosal. "I want to wish all the best to the athletes competing and commend them all on their training, dedication, and pursuit of excellence."

"Hosting sporting events like the 2011 Hargobind International Wrestling Tournament has a positive impact on the social and economic well-being of our communities and contributes to the development of Canada's athletes and our sport system," said Ms. Young.

"Wrestling Canada Lutte is very grateful for the support from the Government of Canada for this event and for the continued commitment to wrestling and amateur sport," said Tamara Medwidsky, Executive Director of Wrestling Canada Lutte. "I wish all the participants, domestic and international, the very best in this tournament."

The 2011 Hargobind International Wrestling Championships will be held in Surrey and Burnaby, British Columbia, with the women's competition being held at Simon Fraser University on November 4 and the men's competition at the Guildford Recreation Center on November 5. This annual event attracts 210 athletes from eight countries. It is hosted by Wrestling Canada Lutte, the national sport governing body for Olympic-style wrestling in Canada. The role of Wrestling Canada Lutte is to encourage and develop the widest participation and highest proficiency in Olympic wrestling in Canada.

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 $40,000 was provided to Wrestling Canada Lutte through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also contributed $1.75 million in 2011-2012 to Wrestling Canada Lutte through the Sport Support Program.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)  

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
Media Relations
Canadian Heritage



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