Canadian sports fan raises $ 51.7 million in coronavirus relief funds

TORONTO Canada 's amateur sport the system will receive C $ 72 million ($ 51.72 million) in coronavirus relief funds from the federal government, the country 's Heritage Minister said on Friday.

The funding was announced after a number of the country 's national sports organizations, who each manage teams and high-performance programs, were forced to cancel events because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) said they were sincerely grateful for the investment into the country 's sport sector.

National sports organizations face significant obstacles, including limited cash flows, layoffs and uncertainty, the organizations said in a joint statement.

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Along with this funding package, the COC and CPC will fully support NSOs and the sports community at large. We remain committed to playing our part in COVID-19 relief and recovery in concert with our partners at the Government of Canada ."

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The emergency support for amateur sport s announced by Canadian Federal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault was part of a broader C$500 million commitment that also includes arts and culture in the country.

We recognize that Canada's culture, heritage and sports sectors, in all their diversity, strengthen the development of our communities and our national identity, Guilbeault said in a press release.

They are also important contributors to the Canadian economy. I want to thank the artists and athletes who have taken the time and energy to unite Canadians in a meaningful way during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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