TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State
(Sport), today participated in the opening ceremony of the 2013 Canada
Open Taekwondo Championships, being held in Toronto from May 2 to 5,
"Our Government, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is proud to
provide support to Taekwondo Canada to host the 2013 Canada Open
Taekwondo Championships," said Minister of State Gosal. "I convey my
best wishes to all the athletes in their pursuit of excellence."
The 2013 Canada Open Taekwondo Championships, an annual international
event on the regular competition calendar, will attract 900 athletes
from around the world, and it will bring many benefits for the
development of Canadian high-performance athletes, coaches, and
"The Canada Open has grown to a level of prestige in 2013 that has never
before been achieved in the history of the organization, and this
success would not have been possible without Minister Gosal and the
Government of Canada's ongoing support of Taekwondo Canada," said Eva
Havaris, CEO of Taekwondo Canada. "I wish to thank the Government of
Canada on behalf of the entire Canadian Taekwondo community for making
this event possible, and I look forward to joining with Minister Gosal
in welcoming world-class taekwondo talent on a Canadian stage."
A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Taekwondo Canada through Sport
Canada's Hosting Program to support the hosting of this event. The Government of Canada also
committed approximately $511,000 in 2012-2013 to Taekwondo Canada
through the Sport Support Program. As well, Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program provided $155,000 to support 14 Canadian taekwondo athletes with their
living and training expenses.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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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 Media Room.)