For the week of Feb. 12, 2023:
Thirteen years ago, on Feb. 12, 2010, the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver. Among the legacies: Own the Podium, the high performance strategy that helped Canada set a record for most host nation gold medals.
Rob Koehler of Global Athlete contends that the win-at-all-costs mentality has resulted in a toxic Canadian sport system. In 2022, athletes across sports blew the whistle on abuse and corruption in their sports and are demanding the Canadian government launch a judicial public inquiry.
Koehler is Bob Mackin’s guest on this edition of the Podcast, to discuss what’s wrong in Canadian and international sport and how to fix it. He said Canada has no business bidding for another Olympics until athletes are protected. You will also want to hear his thoughts on the International Olympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee’s willingness to allow Russians to compete at Paris 2024.
Also hear from Canadian Sports Hall of Famer Andrea Neil, who testified Feb. 2 at the House of Commons status of women committee studying abuse in Canadian sport.
The former Canadian national team assistant coach and Vancouver Whitecaps captain says an inquiry must include a forensic audit of the Canadian Soccer Association and its past and present leadership.
Plus Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim headlines.
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