TORONTO (April 13, 2018) – The following are statements from the Canadian Olympic Committee in reaction to the sport community rally that was held in Calgary today:

“The Canadian Olympic Committee fully supports the message being voiced from the sport community today in Calgary. We support a vote for Calgarians to choose to continue the conversation around a potential Winter Games bid and we are confident that City Council will provide that opportunity. Sport has had a positive impact not only to the Calgary community but across the country and we owe it to our athletes, present and future, to thoroughly explore a bid before making a decision.”

– Chris Overholt, CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee

“Calgary has a tremendous opportunity to explore hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. It’s an opportunity that could shape a vision for Calgary, Alberta, and Canada for generations. As a fellow Olympian, I applaud the passion that was shown today by those athletes who gathered at WinSport in Calgary. Nothing unites Canadians more than our love of sport. Let’s talk about bringing the greatest sporting event back to our shores. We’ve hosted two exceptionally successful Olympic Winter Games before. There is every reason to believe we can do it again. Even if there are understandable concerns about undertaking such a project, we’re having a conversation well worth having. We are confident that the City councillors will provide the citizens of Calgary the chance to decide that vision by proceeding with a plebiscite.”

– Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

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Josh Su, Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
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Email: jsu@olympic.ca

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Canadian Olympic Committee
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Email: psotiropoulos@olympic.ca