Canadian Olympic Committee welcomes new Harper Government funding for Athletics Canada

OTTAWA– The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) applauds today’s announcement by the Harper Government to boost support for Sport Support Program to Athletics Canada by close to five million dollars.

“Athletes are at the centre of everything we do at the Canadian Olympic Committee,” said COC President Marcel Aubut. “Funding like this is crucial to enabling our athletes’ Olympic goals. Thank you Prime Minister Harper and Minister Gosal for this welcome news.”

“One of our goals is to help ensure that our athletes have the optimum conditions in which to succeed,” said Caroline Assalian, Chief Sport Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Our athletes train tirelessly—day in and day out, year in and year out. The Canadian Olympic Committee welcomes the Harper Government’s additional funding for Athletics Canada. The funds announced today are part of ensuring that Canada’s outstanding athletes are ready to compete at their best.”

The funding increase will be added to totals from the fiscal year 2012-2013 and amounts to more than $4.7 million dollars.

“Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian athletes,” said Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal. “Today’s contribution will not only assist in sending our athletes to London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, but will also go toward training and preparations for future competition.”

Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program provides Canadian sport organizations with funding that strengthens our national sport system and benefits our athletes and coaches. It helps increase the capacity of the Canadian sport system to achieve world-class results at the highest international competitions.

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