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Borrowing the podium

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Gary Lunn continues to suggest the federal government won’t make up the funding shortfall for Own the Podium after the Vancouver Olympics. Here is how Roger Jackson, CEO of Own the Podium, has explained the likely result of such a shortfall.

“We would lose about 60% of our funding, we would lose about 120 coaching and sports science positions,” says Jackson, who had already been forced to lay off 37 sports scientists. “The number of disciplines that we’re currently funding right now are about 16; the number we could support in the future would be half that, probably seven or eight. The Top Secret program, all of the new technologies that we’ve been working with, the people we’ve trained, will disappear.”