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Old 11-02-2008, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Angry Canada forced to change jersey for 2010 games?

And the logos as well?

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Canada may need new jerseys for 2010
Saturday, November 1, 2008

THE CANADIAN PRESS
Team Canada may be forced to play without its familiar Maple Leaf logo at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the victim of an International Olympic Committee rule that is only now being enforced.

The IOC regulation forbids sport federations from displaying their logos on uniforms at the Olympics, which includes Hockey Canada's trademark Maple Leaf with a hockey player. Hockey Canada says it has been able to get around the rule in the past by having the Canadian Olympic Committee sign an exemption from Games uniform regulations.

But the COC says times have changed. The IOC strictly enforced its rules at the recent Beijing Games -- notably with the Brazilian and Argentine soccer teams -- and is expected to do the same in Vancouver.

"In the past three Winter Games, this wasn't the same issue that it is now," said Chris Rudge, the COC's chief executive officer. "In those Games, the IOC turned a blind eye to its own rules. That's no longer the case -- they made that very clear going into Beijing.

"It was a test case in Beijing with the soccer teams and it was very clear from the IOC that the rules now are the rules and they're not turning a blind eye to exemptions."


That's not good enough for Hockey Canada, which is unhappy at the COC stance.

"I can't believe that they're taking a chunk of history, especially when we're hosting it in our country," said Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson. "They're putting Team Canada at a disadvantage in its own country."

Rudge, however, says such hand-wringing is premature as the IOC has yet to deliver its final uniform specification details. And he says it's a matter to be resolved between the IOC and International Ice Hockey Federation.

A look at the Olympic Charter appears to back that notion. According to bylaw 1.6 of rule 51: "In case of special rules adopted by an international sports federation, exceptions to the rules mentioned above may be approved the IOC Executive Board."

The IOC did not respond to requests for further clarification while an IIHF spokesman would only say that the "situation is sensitive" and that it hoped to "solve this issue to everyone's satisfaction."

Nicholson, however, believes the COC's refusal to sign the same form as in past Games effectively kills any chance of Hockey Canada being able to use its logo on jerseys at the 2010 Games.

"Without that signature, it's showing that Canada doesn't support it so the IOC's certainly not going to," he said.

The issue is particularly important for Hockey Canada because it generates significant revenue through jersey sales and other sponsorships tied to the logo. No other Canadian sports federation would be impacted as strongly as it is by the rule.

"They're going to disrupt a huge part of our business," said Nicholson. "We give all of that money back to kids. We have not raised registrations for Hockey Canada for four or five years.

"And now because of this, that decision might happen."
Why only now?! That's bullspit.

All of a sudden when Canada's hosting the games, it's a big deal.
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This would be the perfect time to boycott if our logo's not welcome.

This is BS and a power play plain and simple and i hope we don't bow down to this crap.
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This would be the perfect time to boycott if our logo's not welcome.

This is BS and a power play plain and simple and i hope we don't bow down to this crap.
Actually, I've been hearing boycotting around quite often these days.

Perhaps they view Canada as somewhat of a pushover country, and now they finally have the chance to shove their nonsense on to the stage.

Would they have tried to enforce the rules for something like this if the States or Russia were hosting the games?

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Actually, I've been hearing boycotting around quite often these days.

Perhaps they view Canada as somewhat of a pushover country, and now they finally have the chance to shove their nonsense on to the stage.

Would they have tried to enforce the rules for something like this if the States or Russia were hosting the games?
I'm not sure if they think were a push over or what but the bottom line is this is a garbage call and one that didn't need to be made.

As to weather or not they would have tyred this with the states or Russia i highly doubt it, and if they had i can't see either of those county's rolling over and complying and neither should we.
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Actually, I've been hearing boycotting around quite often these days.

Perhaps they view Canada as somewhat of a pushover country, and now they finally have the chance to shove their nonsense on to the stage.

Would they have tried to enforce the rules for something like this if the States or Russia were hosting the games?
Canada is not a pushover. People around the world respect and love Canada and Canadians. To treat the host country like this is terrible! Oh Canada, welcome to the club!!!

I am from the US and the Olympics have screwed my country repeatedly going back to 1912 and Jim Thorpe losing his track medals for being paid $5 for playing a baseball game. There was the 1972 mens basketball final where the officials repeatedly reset the clock until the USSR scored a basket to win 50-49. Rick DeMont lost his swimming gold medal because of an ingredient in his athsma medication the same year that East German women swimmers were picking up auomobiles due to their massive steroid use. Now the Olympics have dropped baseball and softball because the US won too often, even though Japan won the last softball gold medal.
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Canada is not a pushover. People around the world respect and love Canada and Canadians. To treat the host country like this is terrible! Oh Canada, welcome to the club!!!

I am from the US and the Olympics have screwed my country repeatedly going back to 1912 and Jim Thorpe losing his track medals for being paid $5 for playing a baseball game. There was the 1972 mens basketball final where the officials repeatedly reset the clock until the USSR scored a basket to win 50-49. Rick DeMont lost his swimming gold medal because of an ingredient in his athsma medication the same year that East German women swimmers were picking up auomobiles due to their massive steroid use. Now the Olympics have dropped baseball and softball because the US won too often, even though Japan won the last softball gold medal.
Baseball has been played at the Olympics five times, with Cuba winning 3, Japan 1, and the USA 1 as well. It can't be US dominance that got baseball axed.

The argument holds more water for softball.

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Baseball has been played at the Olympics five times, with Cuba winning 3, Japan 1, and the USA 1 as well. It can't be US dominance that got baseball axed.

The argument holds more water for softball.

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Okay, we should send all the American players from the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers to the Olympics to represent us in baseball. Every other country should send their pro players too. Oh wait a minute, Cuba does that already.
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I agree with you BE-LEAF-ABLE, this is total crap
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Probably tired of seeing our logos on the way to scoring another goal. Guess they needed something to complain about now that they're not getting kickback money anymore.
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Just wear the jerseys. Its in our country, I mean honestly, what the **** are they going to do about it? Take our gold medal away after we win? Everyone will still know its ours, so I wouldn't even care.

If it was a rule that made sense, I could understand, but they don't like the maple leaf on our logo? Too damn bad.
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