Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Canadian Olympic Committee bans "Right to Play" from Vancouver games

A recent Canadian Press report confirms that the international humanitarian organization Right to Play, which uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the world's most disadvantaged areas, has been told by the International Olympic Committee it is not welcomed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, or future Olympics.

Apparently this is due to conflicting sponsors. And back in October 2008, the We Move To Canada blog commented:

"Of all the profit-motivated, corporate-ass-kissing, petty, uncharitable decisions an Olympic organizing committee has made, this surely ranks at the top of the charts."

2 comments:

Sallie said...

Greg: Is there anything we can do about this situation. It is such a great organization. I have contributed to it each year through my support of a family member who runs in their marathon. Can we write to someone? Thanks. Sallie

W. Greg Taylor said...

Hi Sallie: I'm not sure. You'll probably want to start by contacting Robert Witchel at the Canadian Office (468 Queen Street East, LL1; 416 203 0190 ) and asking how you could help. See their Contact Us page for other leads.