ABC News: Why the Canadian Olympic team is not a team
The Canadian Olympic Team is not, in fact, a team.
That’s the conclusion of a CBC News investigation.
In fact, the Canadian teams’ participation in the Games is not what the organization calls an “accredited” sports program, according to the Canadian government’s Olympic website.
Instead, the team is a “certified collective of athletes and their coaches” that is “responsible for ensuring the performance of the Olympic Team” as a “team” for the Games, the government website says.
“In order to ensure the safety and security of the Canadian athletes, we are requiring that the Canadian team perform at a level equal to or higher than the level required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC),” it says.CBC News has been unable to independently verify this assertion, although the government’s website has said that the “level required by IOC” is to “be equivalent to the level of performance of athletes from the Olympic Games, and to be in line with the standards of performance at other Olympic sports competitions.”CBC News’ investigation has found that the team’s performance is so poor that it’s not even considered an accredited sport.
In a statement, the Canada Olympic Committee said it has “long believed that participation in sport is a privilege, and is not an obligation” that it is the responsibility of athletes to maintain.
“As a collective, our team of athletes represents an important part of our country’s national fabric, and we are proud to be recognized for that,” the statement said.
“We have always strived to achieve excellence on a consistent basis, with a collective spirit of hard work and dedication, and have a proud history of excellence in every aspect of our sport.”CBC’s investigation also found that Canadian athletes are not paid enough to perform in the Olympics, and the team has been given poor equipment to keep them warm and fed.CBC’s examination of the team, which includes former Olympians such as Katie Ledecky and Yvonne St-Arnaud, found that they are not required to wear protective equipment for long periods of time.CBC Sports’ report found that while some of the athletes do receive paid travel, there is little or no guarantee that the athletes are getting adequate training.CBC also found a number of Canadian athletes who have not competed in the Olympic games have failed to make it through the first round of the Games without a medal.CBC reported last week that the Team Canada men’s gymnastics team was one of the teams to fail to make the first-round of the Olympics after finishing fourth at the 2014 London Games.
The Canadian team was forced to pull out of the 2014 Games after failing to make a medal in the team event.CBC did not receive the team from the Canadian gymnastics federation.
The team of former Olympic gold medalists who competed at the Beijing Olympics last year, including Katie Leder, was disqualified after the team failed to finish the meet in time.
CBC has previously reported that Leder was one the athletes to lose her gold medal during the 2013 Beijing Olympics.CBC and CBC Sports are working with the Canada Games to make sure the athletes who compete in the games are rewarded with a medal, as they are awarded them through the medals they earn.
The Canadian Olympic Committee also said it was committed to the development of “a sustainable and professional program for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
“The Canadian team has achieved an outstanding level of international recognition and success in the sport of gymnastics in recent years,” the committee said.