OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - As Minister of State (Sport), I was both disappointed and angry to learn of allegations of tampering with skates belonging to one of Canada's national short track team members during the 2011 World Short Track Team Championships.
Our Canadian athletes train vigorously and make sacrifices to represent our great nation on the world stage, and allegations related to potential cheating or sabotage are extremely frustrating - - not only for the athletes themselves, but also for all the devoted Canadian fans.
Our athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians, not to mention incredible role models for our youth. And here in Canada, we pride ourselves on our commitment to upholding a fair and ethical sport system- both on and off the playing field.
As we await the outcome of the court process underway, I hope these allegations serve as a reminder to all athletes- whether you are representing your country or your local community-- that cheating is never tolerated. A true winner is one whose achievements have not come at the expense of another.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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