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Canada's Top Taekwondo Athletes Will Compete at the 2016 Canada Open and Canada Para Open in Montréal from February 11 to 14, 2016
The Government of Canada supports Taekwondo Canada in the hosting of the Canada Open and Canada Para Open 2016, the first step for Canada’s top taekwondo athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.
February 13, 2016—Montréal (Quebec)—Government of Canada
On behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile des Soeurs), announced $70,000 in support from the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program, to Taekwondo Canada.
The investment will support the hosting of the Canada Open and Canada Para Open Taekwondo Championships 2016 at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard in Montréal, from February 11 to February 14, 2016.
- The 5th Canada Open and Canada Para Open will attract more than 320 athletes and para-athletes from 17 countries.
- The 2016 Canada Open and Canada Para Open 2016 are among the most prestigious competitions approved by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and will allow athletes to accumulate points towards their potential participation in the World Championships and/or the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- For fiscal year 2015-2016, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program, contributed $539,500 to Taekwondo Canada to support the growth of their sport in Canada.
- From January 1 to December 31, 2015, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada’s Athlete Support Program, also provided a total of $54,000 in direct, monthly support to three Taekwondo Canada athletes to assist with their living, training and education expenses.
“We are proud to support Taekwondo Canada and all of our Canadians athletes competing this weekend in Montreal. At the same time, we offer a warm welcome to the best World Taekwondo Federation competitors from around the world. These elite athletes are going to compete hard but also demonstrate the speed and integrity that their sport demands. Their example will inspire all Canadians, especially our young people, to get active and to chase their own podium dreams.”
—The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“I am delighted to be able to announce the Government of Canada’s funding support to the Canada Open and Canada Para Open Championships 2016 here in Montréal. Our support to this prestigious taekwondo competition will enhance the profile of Montréal, of the province of Quebec and of Canada abroad. And it will give our athletes and para-athletes the chance, once again, to compete with the best in the world, right here at home.”
—Marc Miller, M.P. for Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile des Soeurs
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
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