Olympic sports | Difficult times for Canadian federations

National sports federations have secured an extension to their special meeting on the sidelines of the Canadian Olympic Committee, which takes place from Friday to Sunday in Montreal.

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Simon Darwin

Simon Darwin

For this first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, hot topics will abound: the safe sport crisis, labor shortages, governance, post-pandemic recovery, funding stagnation, etc.

“We are currently experiencing a perfect storm,” Martin Jollet, Managing Director of Water Polo Canada and co-chair of Consortium Group, said earlier this week.

bullying problem

The commissioning of a new office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner (BCIS) on June 20 is one of the most sensitive issues.

Photo from Martin Joliet’s Facebook page

Martin Julie, CEO of Water Polo Canada and co -chair of the National Sports Federations Group

The problems of safe sports, there are some, we know very well. There was a lot in the past. There are still some that need to be taken care of. I am one of those people who think the number is much lower than before. In fact, I am completely convinced of that. […] We have made tremendous progress.

Martin Julie, CEO of Water Polo Canada and co -chair of the National Sports Federations Group

Jules commends the creation of BCIS, an independent mechanism that will receive complaints from national team athletes who feel they are victims of abuse or harassment, among other things. She has full confidence in her two leaders, new commissioner Sarah-Yves Pelletier and Marie-Claude Asselin, CEO of the Sports Dispute Resolution Center of Canada.

The co -chair said that the federations, such as athletes representatives, calls for the establishment of such a body since a large meeting organized by former Federal Sports Minister Kirsi Denkan, in May 2019.

I can definitely say this: 100 % of the leaders of the national federations support a completely independent mechanism concerned with these questions. »

Things continued until new minister Pascal Saint-Hung ordered the process to be speeded up in the wake of what she recently described as the “crisis” of Canadian sport.

Funding problem

Where the “shoe disk” is in the eyes of Gollet, it comes to the issue of BCIS financing, which is considered voluntary at the present time. But the minister has hinted in interviews that the unions may have to succumb to it.

In the federal budget, $ 16 million has been allocated to BCIS over the next three years. The rest of the money must come from a contribution from the unions.

However, as it stands, Water Polo Canada, among others, has no intention of joining. ” In this As far as I’m concerned, that’s out of the question, Juliet warned. The bill must be paid by the Canadian government. »

He wants a model similar to that of the anti-doping program run by the Canadian Center for Sports Ethics, globally and fully funded by the federal government. It shall be accompanied by a component of training and education which it considers necessary.

For example, the former director of high athletics in Canada is citing Quebec County, for example, the only province that has adopted an independent government -fully funded program (Sport’aide and the “I Wear A Complain” platform).

“Quebec did it and did it well. Congratulations to [la ministre des Sports] Isabelle Charest. They have created a completely independent mechanism. The unions have nothing to do with it. They are comfortable with that. في الوقت نفسه ، يشعر الرياضيون بالسعادة لأنهم على يقين من أنه لن يكون هناك تضارب في المصالح. »

YAN DOUBLET’s photo, LE SOLEIL archives

Pascal Saint Ong, Federal Minister of Sports

The federal government must follow this path, Martin Jollet pleaded: “Mr.I Duncan did not follow her thought. MI St-new goes just further, but it is unable to wear its inner pants to impose it from A to Z and pay the bill instead of leaving this shit in the hands of Mary Claude and Sarah-Yves. »

He emphasized that small and medium-sized federations have particularly suffered from the pandemic.

[…] I will not sign a blank check for my union when we have all the misery in the world [à arriver].

Martin Gullit added that Sport Canada’s core funding of 62 sports federations has not changed since 2003. The recent acceleration in inflation is only adding to the pressure.

manpower shortage

Sports managers are required to do the impossible. مستوى التمويل هو نفسه منذ ما يقرب من 20 عامًا ، لكن مستوى المساءلة أعلى. He asks them to perform miracles. هناك بالفعل مشكلة إحباط في الوقت الحالي للعديد من الأشخاص في عالم الرياضة. This is something we should totally take care of. »

Goulet emphasized that union leaders no longer wanted to be “masquerade turkeys”, who he says nonetheless is resolutely “optimistic”.

“We have before us a convergence, a completely extraordinary opportunity. Kind of liked when we had the Big Ben Johnson case and the powerlifting and the Dubin Commission that followed. We have problems and we have a chance to solve them. You just have to go to the end of reasoning.”

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