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February 26, 2005 17:30 ET

VANOC Applauds BC Government Leadership In Helping Athletes Reach The Podium In 2010



FEBRUARY 26, 2005 - 17:30 ET

VANOC Applauds BC Government Leadership In Helping
Athletes Reach The Podium In 2010

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 26, 2005) - The
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC) today praised the Premier of British Columbia for
his leadership in recognizing the importance of providing resources to
help prepare Canadian athletes for podium performances in 2010.

Premier Gordon Campbell announced the BC Government will invest $10
million in Canadian high performance sport. Five million will be
directed to the Own the Podium-2010 program with another $5 million
going towards the support of summer sport athletes.

"As the host province of the 2010 Winter Games, the BC Government is
making a tremendous contribution for our Canadian athletes who will
strive to reach the podium five years from now," said VANOC CEO John

"This announcement caps off what has been an outstanding week for sport.
With the Government of Canada's increased sport funding in Budget 2005
and RBC Financial Group's commitment to Canadian athletes through its
new partnership with VANOC, we're clearly all working together to
produce great Games and great results for our athletes in 2010."

Own the Podium - 2010 includes a plan to support and develop promising
athletes in order to increase the number of potential medallists in
various sports at the 2010 Games. The program calls for a new approach
to sport delivery supported by the federal government and sport leaders
in Canada as well as a $110-million total increase in funding for winter
sports over the next five years. That funding goal is becoming
increasingly more achievable given current and anticipated commitments
from government and corporate sponsors.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in


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