Comment 70459

By Vod_Kann (registered) | Posted October 12, 2011 at 07:52:41 in reply to Comment 70430

As somebody who participated in amateur sports all his life (track as a teen, kayaking in university/adulthood), I am not the least bit surprised at how this turned out.

This is going to sound like sour grapes, it is not. It is reality- in North America The "big 5" sports (hockey, football, basketball, soccer, baseball)rule the day. It is simply part of our culture.

I have seen the great struggles that amateur sports has had to get public funding and private sponsorship. Therefore it doesn't shock me when the province drops $22mm to ensure the Ticats have a place to play but a velodrome falls by the wayside. It shouldn't surprise any body here.

Look at every major games event in North America- Montreal and Atlanta Olympics, Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and Victoria. Pan Am games in Indianapolis and Winnipeg. None of these have built a permanent velodrome and made it stick. Only the LA Olympics have succeeded in this. That is a much of a legacy of our "stick and ball sport" society as anything.

As an Ontario taxpayer, hopefully there is a city that perhaps wants to get into the Pan am mix that is willing to bite the bullet on this (or has a sugar daddy with a cheque in tow) so we do have something in the area.

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