For the week of June 26, 2022:
The first half of 2022 is almost over.
The most-controversial Winter Olympics in history in Beijing gave way to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Back home in Canada, the nation’s top bobsled and skeleton athletes, gymnasts and soccer players have spoken out against abuse and bad governance of their sports. Now Hockey Canada is facing serious questions about why it kept a gang rape secret.
On theBreaker.news Podcast with host Bob Mackin, Global Athlete director general Rob Koehler says Canadian sport since the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has placed too much emphasis on winning at all costs at the expense of athlete safety and administrative transparency.
He says the problems in Canada’s sport system demand a public inquiry.
“We have thousands of athletes coming forward with issues of sexual, physical, emotional abuse and, basically, the Government of Canada has stuck their head in the sand,” Koehler said. “And what that’s done is sent a message to every single athlete that’s come forward, every whistleblower that’s come forward, it’s actually silenced them even further.
Also on this edition, hear Port Coquitlam amateur radio operator Peter Vogel’s out of this world experience.
Also, a commentary and headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest.
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