by the time you read this from me, it's third hand, but I have no reason to doubt a word of it...source contact is at the end:
...press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee website:
Canadian Olympic Committee Disappointed in PASO Decision to Remove In-line Hockey, Men's Softball and Racquetball from 2007 Pan American Games
TORONTO, August 31, 2005 - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) expressed disappointment at the Pan American Sports Organization's (PASO) decision to remove in-line hockey, men's softball and racquetball from its 2007 Pan American Games program during the PASO General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week.
"The Canadian Olympic Committee is disappointed that in-line hockey, men's softball and racquetball will not remain on the 2007 Pan American Games program in Rio de Janeiro," said COC President Michael Chambers. "Canada has a strong history of medal success in all three sports and the removal of these sports may diminish our overall medal count at future Pan American Games."
"The Canadian Olympic Committee openly expressed its support for the inclusion of these sports at the assembly as they are a part of the diverse sporting culture in Canada," added Chambers. "It is extremely unfortunate that these sports will no longer be showcased at the Pan American Games."
The Olympic discipline of slalom canoeing was also removed from the 2007 Pan American Games program after organizers could not justify the projected costs to construct an artificial whitewater venue.
Bowling, futsal, individual roller sport, karate, squash and water skiing were added to the list of 28 Olympic sports that were already set to be played in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and in Beijing in 2008.
At the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Canada finished third overall with a total of 127 medals, including 29 gold.
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.
Canadian Olympic Committee
Office: (416) 324-4146
Cell: (416) 528-6742
Email: [email protected]
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