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Province lauds sports’ leadership

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:49 PDT, Wed April 1, 2020

Last Updated: 2:30 PDT, Wed April 1, 2020

The amateur sports community is being applauded for its quick response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Government invests more than $50 million annually to make sure everyone has opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

“COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing has had a significant impact on everyone, including those in the sport sector. BC's sport leaders responded quickly to the orders, direction and recommendations from the provincial health officer and cancelled tournaments, training schedules and other activities to protect people’s health. We understand this has had a significant impact on the province’s athletes, coaches, officials, sport organization staff and volunteers.

“Starting in April 2020, the province, through viaSport, will provide provincial, disability and multi-sport organizations with the ability to access $5 million, which represents 50 per cent of their annual 2020-21 provincial funding allocation, to provide these organizations with access to cashflow sooner.

“Sport plays a powerful role in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and contributes to the health and wellness of our communities. These measures are what we can do right away within the existing sport sector budget to help organizations during the pandemic. This is a first step and we will have more to announce regarding additional supports for the sector in the weeks ahead.”

Learn More: ViaSport’s FAQ for provincially funded sport organizations: https://www.viasport.ca/news/faqs-events-and-programs-funded-viasport-and-province-bc-affected-covid-19

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