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Canadian Olympic Committee joins Centre for Sport & Human Rights

The Centre for Sport and Human Rights (CSHR) proudly welcomes the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as an Engaged Organisation, reinforcing its commitment to advancing responsible sport globally.

The Canadian Olympic Committee’s purpose is to transform Canada through the power of sport. They lead Team Canada’s podium success and advance Olympic values across Canada. There are more than 3,500 members of COC representing the Canadian Olympic Movement, including athletes and coaches.

By joining CSHR’s multi-stakeholder network, the COC aims to ensure their high performance success is achieved in a safe, inclusive manner with barrier-free access to sporting opportunities created by expanding their human rights understanding.

David Shoemaker, COC Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General said: "We are honoured to be the first National Olympic Committee to join the Centre for Sport and Human Rights and its integral mission to advance human rights in the sport ecosystem. As we continue our work to make sport safe, inclusive and barrier-free, joining the CSHR will give our organisation the ability to gain international perspective in our work, while contributing to the advancement of human rights in sport globally."

Mary Harvey, CEO of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights said: "We are delighted to have the Canadian Olympic Committee join us as an Engaged Organisation. The COC is fully aligned with the mission of the Centre to advance a world of sport that respects and promotes human rights. We look forward to helping them implement and demonstrate the practical application of the Sporting Chance Principles and participating in the collaborative work of the Centre."

About the Canadian Olympic Committee:

The COC works with National Sport Organizations (NSOs) to prepare Team Canada for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. The COC is active at every stage of an athlete’s journey, from development and education to competition at Games, to career counselling and mental health support through programs like Game Plan. The COC is committed to making sport safe, inclusive and barrier-free so more young people can play and stay in sport. 

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About the Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Launched in June 2018, CSHR works towards a world of sport that fully respects human rights by sharing knowledge, building capacity, and strengthening the accountability of all actors in the sport ecosystem through collective action. The Centre’s First Patron is Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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