In February 2004, Canada’s 13 winter National Sport Organizations, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada, WinSport Canada and VANOC started to work on a project that would become known as Own the Podium (OTP).
The decision was made amid concerns that Canada had failed to win a single gold medal in the first two Games hosted in Canada, the 1976 Summer Olympics in Monreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. COC pledged to make Canada the top medal winning nation at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and in 2005, the OTP program was launched. Now, it is a “not-for-profit organization that prioritizes and determines investment strategies for National Sport Organizations in an effort to deliver more Olympic and Paralympic medals for Canada.” Own the Podium’s largest sponsor is the government with additional funding provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee that in fact leads the project. Fancy Bears' Hack Team obtained the OTP financial records. Take a look at them to see the amount of taxpayers’ money used to satisfy sports officials’ ambitions.
The OTP program showed results in 2010 when Canadian athletes won 14 gold medals to lead the medal table at the Vancouver Winter Games. But then something went wrong. Canada failed to be in the top-three of the medal count at the Olympics in London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
Here comes a simple solution to the matter: if rivals can’t be beaten they should be eliminated. Canadians chose Russia as a target and led the fight against doping in sport. The Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren headed an investigation commissioned by Canada-based WADA to expose a system of doping in Russia. The real aims of the McLaren reports have been revealed earlier. McLaren’s mission was accomplished. He did an impeccable job that resulted in a ban on Russia and the top Russian athletes competing in Pyeongchang.
All the necessary arrangements have been put in place in order to let Canadians own the podium at the 2018 Olympics. But COC officials believe that it’s not enough. They attempted to grab a bronze medal to get upgraded in Sochi medal table after the IOC decision on medal reallocation. It shows the OTP project working and justifying its name even four years after the Games.
Canadians use this scheme over and over again to push back their opponents in other international competitions. For example, Tim Farstad, Executive Director of Luge Canada, decided to take his part in fight against doping in Russia. He was annoyed by the fact that members of the Russian luge team Albert Demchenko and Tatiana Ivanova had been permitted to participate in the World Cup despite their Olympic ban. The Canadians are so outraged that they are going to appeal to the disciplinary committee of the International Luge Federation (FIL) seeking guidance from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Murray Wylie, President of Biathlon Canada, also expressed his discontent. Mr. Wylie requested Russia to be stripped of the rights to host 2021 IBU World Championships.
Canadian officials sound particularly cynical considering their efforts to cover up Shawn Barber and his cocaine adventures ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio. They believe that Canadian national interests come first and Canada must win prestigious competitions by all means. Own the Podium was founded to reach this goal. The project works closely with WADA and eliminates rivals when Canadian athletes can’t beat them.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Anonymous – #OpOlympics