“It’s worth asking questions”

«Ça vaut la peine de poser des questions»

THREE-RIVERS — Jean-Luc Brassard is not known to be tender at the site of the olympic movement, both canadian and international. The former freestyle skier does not, therefore, by the four path when the time comes to discuss a potential application of Calgary for the olympic winter Games of 2026.

The olympic champion in Lillehammer 1994 is not completely opposed to the presentation of the great mass of amateur sport in Canada. However, he warns the carriers of the project in Alberta to do their homework before diving in huge costs.

For Cuff, two aspects deserve clarification before committing to any sum of public money. First of all, the former freestyle skier hopes that the olympic bid of Calgary does not become a pretext to justify the construction of a new arena for the Calgary Flames of the national hockey League at the expense of taxpayers.

The Flames have made it known that they needed public money to build a new building that would allow the survival of the team in Alberta. However, the mayor of the place, Naheed Nenshi, has often repeated in public his reluctance to see the population to fund an arena for owners multi-millionaires.

“The mayor has been reviled. This is not easy to oppose the olympic Games. But its reserves are legitimate. It is necessary to have a critical mind with regard to these great organizations that have worked in the opacity that is almost full for so long. It is worth the time to ask questions. We are not the only ones to ask questions. There are more than 10 european cities and towns, by referendum, have rejected the olympic bid, saying that these are astronomical costs that it are not able to take on,” recalls the ex-freestyle skier for 45 years.

In the second place, the Cuff would like to see the international olympic Committee to harden the tone towards the cheaters. Even if a proportion of Russian athletes have been excluded from the olympic Games to PyeongChang this winter, the doping has a place still much too high in the olympic movement in his eyes.

“The IOC has the obligation to put on her panties. It has not done so with Russia, a country that has been reinstated to full-fledged in spite of the scandals repeated. Calgary has certainly benefited from the 1988 Games. At that time, there have been blatant cases of doping. In 2018, we also saw in PyeongChang blatant cases. That is what happened between these two olympic Games? Nothing. If I was Calgary, I would say to the IOC that there will be a candidate when you are going to be clean. It is necessary that the doped should be banned for life from any competition, as well as the coaches. It would force a certain rigor.”

In this chapter, the case of Christine Girard has probably helped to sound the alarm once more. Quebec has recently received his olympic gold medal in weightlifting for her performance run at the London Games…. in 2012. Six years ago, she had won the bronze medal during the competition. Since then, the owners of the first two positions have been disqualified, in turn, for doping.

Beyond the fact that the olympic champion has not been able to live the frenzy of his title during the olympic Games, Brassard believes that this situation has had important consequences for the discipline of weightlifting in the country.

“When Christine Girard does not receive the medal which she deserves, de facto, it is a sport that has suffered the backlash. Our body To the podium, I dynamiterais, gives money to the sports that win medals. If the sport doesn’t win, the one sword in the budgets. This is how we lose great managers and coaches. We lose a whole pyramid of young people who could be the future of this sport. Just because the IOC continues to accept spiked, and the world, any eighth note, federations opaque, of the countries where we do not have the right to look.”


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