Feds spend millions to give Canada shot at top spot in Sochi

Ice dancers Andrew Poje (left) and Kaitlyn Weaver (second from left), curler Cheryl Bernard and...

Ice dancers Andrew Poje (left) and Kaitlyn Weaver (second from left), curler Cheryl Bernard and alpine skier Jan Hudec pose during the unveiling of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team clothing in Toronto, October 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

DAVID AKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

Canada is ready to take the No. 1 overall spot at the Winter Olympics in Russia, a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet and Canada's top Olympic official told MPs Tuesday.

Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal and Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut told a parliamentary committee that the 2014 Winter Olympics, which open in Sochi in just 80 days, will be the most costly and complex Canada has ever attended.

The federal government is spending $28 million this year alone in direct support of 1,700 Olympic-calibre athletes. That's part of $200 million the government will spend this year on Canada's sports system.

"Our government does not shy away from our record investment in sport," Gosal said.


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