Canada Summer Games track passes technical review

Athletics Ontario cited “unforeseen delays” in completing the athletics venue at Canada Games Park in Thorold when two days of qualifying were moved to Toronto.

Instead of taking place in the Niagara region, which hosts the quadrennial event, the trials for Team Ontario were held July 2-3 at York University.

The provincial athletics governing body did not say on its website what prompted the decision to move qualifying. But chief executive Paul Osland said by letter that “the Canada Games facilities were not ready at the time of the trials, hence the need to move the trials to Toronto.”

“The facility was recently approved by Athletics Canada’s Chief Official so we are confident it will be in good condition for the Games in August,” he wrote in an email.

Niagara 2022 Host Society President Doug Hamilton said that except for last-minute tasks, such as painting hoops for shot putters and hooking up timing equipment, the facility is ready. to operate.

“If the athletics competitions of the Games were to be scheduled tomorrow, we would be ready,” he said on Tuesday. “The remaining preparations for athletics are all temporary accommodations, taking place at all of our venues as we speak.”

For athletics venues, temporary set-up also includes installing para shot putters and discus ties, as well as setting up tents for teams and officials.

Hamilton pointed out that the national athletics governing body has inspected the facility and given it the all clear.

“Athletics Canada’s technical representative was here last week and he signed all our preparations for the competition.

From August 6 to 21 at venues across the region, the Canada Summer Games will see more than 5,000 athletes and coaches from across Canada compete in 18 sports.

Rugby sevens will be played for the first time and indoor lacrosse will join the Games schedule after a 36-year absence.

Originally scheduled for 2021, the Games were delayed for a year due to the pandemic. The last Canada Summer Games were held in 2017 in Winnipeg.

With the exception of diving, some of which will take place at the Etobicoke Olympium in Toronto, all events will take place in the region.

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