COC makes a splash with cash to OTP

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Sports -

The Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee has made a record cash in­jec­tion into high-per­for­mance sport.

COC pres­i­dent Mar­cel Aubut pledged $37 mil­lion Thurs­day to Own the Podium over the next four years. The con­tri­bu­tion be­tween 2013-16 is a 48 per cent in­crease from the pre­vi­ous four years, a qua­dren­nial that in­cluded the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympic Games.

The ad­di­tional fund­ing “al­lows us to con­tinue to pro­vide crit­i­cal tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port to ath­letes and na­tional sport or­ga­ni­za­tions that are poised for podium suc­cess,” said Anne Merklinger, CEO of Own the Podium.

The fund­ing will go to­ward sum­mer and win­ter sports.

Canada won a Win­ter Games-record 14 gold medals in Van­cou­ver, and a to­tal of 18 medals at the 2012 Sum­mer Olympics in Lon­don. The COC’s goal for Sochi is to im­prove on the medal count from 2010, and fin­ish at the top of the ta­ble for over­all medals.

OTP de­ter­mines and pri­or­i­tizes fund­ing for na­tional sport or­ga­ni­za­tions with the aim of de­liv­er­ing more Olympic and Par­a­lympic medals for Canada.

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