Why the election could impact Canadian Olympians

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Election May Affect Canada’s Participation in Upcoming Olympics

It’s election day in Canada and, judging by the latest opinion polls, the tally could go into overtime. Among those who could look forward to the results tonight are Canada’s Winter Olympians. This is because, depending on which party wins and the type of government it forms, discussions on Canada’s boycott of the upcoming Beijing Games could resume.

Last February, as Beijing began its one-year countdown, three Canadian political party leaders called for the Games to be relocated. Erin O’Toole of the Conservatives, Jagmeet Singh of the NDP and Annamie Paul of the Green Party all pointed out that the Chinese government’s treatment of its Muslim minority population was a reason for removing the event from China. O’Toole even pitched the idea of ​​a boycott, saying that if offshoring was not possible (it is almost certainly the case now that the Olympics are only five months away) and if he doesn’t There was “no change in conduct” on the part of China, so Canada “should consider whether our athletes are competing.”

Prime Minister (and Leader of the Liberal Party) Justin Trudeau responded by saying that more information was needed before qualifying China’s actions towards its Uyghur people as “genocide,” as O’Toole had done, and gave no indication that his government would support an Olympic boycott. or move. Days later, the House of Commons, including most of the Liberal MPs who attended, voted in favor of a conservative motion saying that China’s actions in its Xinjiang region meet the definition of genocide, and that the Canadian government should pressure the International Olympic Committee for the 2022 Games. However, in June, the Senate voted against a similar motion.

The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, as you might expect, have expressed their opposition to a boycott. “The government has a myriad of tools to handle this diplomatically,” said COC CEO Shoemaker. “We don’t see the logic that… we should actually punish 300 athletes and boycott the Beijing Games.” Dick Pound, the outspoken Canadian IOC member, was more direct. “The Canadian Olympic Committee is not an instrument of the Canadian government and Canadian athletes are not government employees,” he said. “It is counterintuitive that Olympic athletes are the ones paying the price for the government’s discontent with Chinese conduct.” Pound also called the idea of ​​moving the Games to another country at such a late stage “stupid”.

Compared to its peak in February, support for the boycott of the Beijing Games appears to have waned. But O’Toole raised the issue again last month after a Chinese court dismissed an appeal from a Canadian whose 15-year prison sentence for drug trafficking was increased to death in January. 2019. “I know how hard our athletes are training for Beijing,” said O’Toole. “But we are approaching a point where it will no longer be safe for Canadians, including Olympic athletes, to travel to China.”

Right now, the chances of Canada boycotting the Beijing Olympics or relocating the Games appear to be low. But those odds could change depending on what happens in this election. Learn more about the Beijing boycott debate in this article by Geoff Nixon of CBC News.

WATCH | Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Leaders Against Boycott:

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Leaders Reject Boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

David Shoemaker, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee, told CBC News’ Heather Hiscox that boycotts “don’t work” and that “it’s important for us to be part of the conversation and to be there “in China. 11:39

Quick…

The Blue Jays open another big series tonight. With Toronto clinging to the second and final American League wildcard spot – 1 game behind Boston, 1½ ahead of the Yankees and 2 ahead of Oakland – and only 13 games left in the season, they’re all big now. . And this three-game series in Tampa Bay, which kicks off tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET, promises to be tough. The Rays, who are heading for their second straight division title, have the best record in the AL. The Jays have held their own against them, however, with a 7-9 record against Tampa Bay this year, and Cy Young point guard Robbie Ray takes the mound for Toronto tonight. The Jays lost a key starting pitcher over the weekend when 2020 Cy Young Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the 10-day injured list with a tight neck after two difficult outings in a row.

And in case you missed it …

A few other weekend things you should know:

Canadian canoeist Katie Vincent won her first solo world title. Last month in Tokyo, Vincent teamed up with Laurence Vincent Lapointe to win bronze in doubles in the Olympic debut in women’s sprint canoeing. The duo also won two consecutive world titles in doubles in 2017 and 2018. Yesterday in Denmark, Vincent won his first gold medal in singles at the world championships, winning the women’s C1 200 meters (the distance of the event women’s singles at the Olympic Games). This is the second individual world championship podium of Vincent’s career. She won bronze in the C1 500m in 2018. Vincent Lapointe, who won silver in the -1 200m at the Tokyo Olympics and holds six world titles in that event, did not compete this time. Learn more about Vincent’s gold medal and watch the race here.

Canada’s best hope for an Olympic medal in figure skating started the season strong. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the ice dance event on Saturday at the International Fall Classic in Quebec City. They were the only Canadians to step onto the podium (or even place in the top five) at this year’s world championships in Stockholm, where they captured bronze. Canadians Vanessa James and Eric Radford won the silver medal in the pairs event in Quebec, while Conrad Orzel won the all-Canadian men’s competition. Learn more about the top Canadian results and watch some of the key skates here.

Kristie Elliott made history in Canadian football. The Simon Fraser University shooter became the first Canadian to play and score in an NCAA football game when she converted two extra points in a loss to Linfield University in Oregon , Saturday. SFU, whose main campus is in Burnaby, British Columbia, is the only Canadian school that plays in the NCAA. He competes in Division II. Elliott had never played football before earning a spot with the SFU team in 2019 when she showed a coach she could hit a 40-yard field goal. Learn more about her here.

You are aware. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.



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