Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 02, 2006 13:00 ET

Minister Chong Met with Chinese Sport Minister

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2006) - President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister for Sport Michael Chong met with China's Sport Minister Liu Peng, in Ottawa--, on June 1 and 2, 2006. The two ministers discussed issues of common interest in sport, including hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2010.

"Canada and China have the great opportunity to host the world's Olympic and Paralympic Games" said Minister Chong. "Sharing our experience in developing high-performance athletes and fighting the use of drugs in sport will help us both continue to pursue excellence and increase participation in sport."

On July 14, 2005, in Beijing, Canada and China signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Relations and Cooperation in Sport, wherein both parties agreed to exchange knowledge on issues such as athletes with disabilities, women in sport, and research and development of policies concerning anti-doping in sport. Minister Liu Peng's visit to Canada was the first project in the Canada-China program of activities implemented between the two countries.

Canada has signed similar bilateral agreements with Russia, South Africa, France, Brazil, and Cuba. Results of these agreements include Canada sharing information with Brazil on the development of a Canadian policy on Aboriginal Peoples' participation in sport, Canada's anti-doping system being studied and considered by the French government in establishing a national anti-doping agency, and South Africa adapting Canada's Games model to host the South African Games in 2004.

To find out more about the Government of Canada's various sport-related programs, please visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/sportcanada

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Minister for Sport
    (613) 943-1833
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314