TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) issued the following statement regarding immediate past COC President, Michael Chambers’ induction to Ottawa’s Sports Hall of Fame.

For more than five decades, Michael Chambers has been a pillar for sport in Canada. Chambers served on the Rideau Canoe Club Board for 20 years until he was elected COC President in 2001. He was also vice-chair of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee and sat on the board of directors of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee. At the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, Chambers was the Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team. Internationally, Chambers has represented Canada as an executive member of the Pan American Sport Organization (PASO) since 2004, and in 2008, he was elected as a vice-president of the organization, the first Canadian to attain such a position.

“The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games fundamentally changed the way Canadians view the role of sport in our country. In a rare moment of unity, Canadians witnessed the transformative nature of one country coming together to celebrate sporting excellence and national pride. Michael was a driving force behind Vancouver’s success and generations of Canadian athletes have him to thank for the incredible sports legacy that he has helped build. On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I want to thank Michael for his nine years of service as COC President and for his extraordinary life-long contribution and commitment to advancing the value of Canadian sport.”
-Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

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