SSC statement relating to 2011 World Short Track Team Championships

Speed Skating Canada statement relating to 2011 World Short Track Team Championships

OTTAWA
– Speed Skating Canada (SSC) made the following statement today regarding American speed skater Simon Cho admitted in a news conference, and confirmed by U.S. Speedskating, to tampering with the skates of Canada’s national short track team member, Olivier Jean, during the March 2011 World Short Track Team Championships in Warsaw, Poland:

“Simon Cho showed respect and humility today in admitting to his mistake, and Speed Skating Canada appreciates that he has come forward and that he apologized to Olivier last night in a phone call,” said Ian Moss, Speed Skating Canada chief executive officer.

“It’s a very unfortunate incident. It’s not something that has ever happened in our sport,” added Moss. “As Oliver (Jean) said earlier (Thursday, Sept. 20): ‘You can’t change the past'.

“We have been in contact with Mark Greenwald, U.S. Speedskating’s executive director. He has expressed his appreciation of our understanding and patience with regard to this situation and formally apologized,” noted Moss.