While Canadians are best known for their strength in winter games, there are high hopes for our athletes over the next couple of weeks in Rio as the Summer Olympics kick off today.
But the President and CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary is concerned about what’s coming down the pike.
Dale Henwood tells the Morning News on News Talk 770 many of our Olympians are nearing the end of their careers, and he doesn’t think Canada hasn’t been paying enough attention to developing young athletes.
“You have to look at it sport by sport, but I would say overall unfortunately in this country we have really focused on providing a lot of support for those top-end athletes and have kind of neglected deeper down the pathway. If you want a sustainable system where you get good performances on an annual or repeated basis you’ve got to invest deeper down the pathway.”
Meanwhile Henwood says he agrees with the prediction that Canadian athletes could bring home about 19 medals during these games. Canada took home 18 medals in the last summer games.
Tonight’s opening ceremonies start at 5 o’clock.