AthletesCAN Treasurer de Sousa Costa to speak at 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport

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TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce that Treasurer and Board Member Chris de Sousa Costa, will be a featured panelist at the 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport.

de Sousa Costa, a retired karate national team member, who competed at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, will provide a unique athlete’s perspective during Wednesday’s afternoon session entitled A National Approach to Addressing Competition Manipulation. de Sousa Costa has extensive experience in governance and advisory work, having been the athlete representative on Karate Canada’s Board of Directors for nine years, and is an advisor on their High-Performance Committee. He founded Karate Canada’s athlete council and was the first president.

de Sousa Costa will be joined by Doug Hood of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; along with Richard McLaren, O.C. and Jeremy Luke, Chief Executive Officers of McLaren Global Sport Solutions (MGSS) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), respectively. The panel will be moderated by Benoit Girardin of LBB Strategies.

The 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport is presented by MGSS and the CCES, with support from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. de Sousa Costa will be accompanied at the symposium by fellow AthletesCAN Board Members Allison Forysth (Alpine Skiing) and Cynthia Appiah (Bobsleigh), in addition to Alan Hudes, AthletesCAN’s Manager of Communications and Sport Partnerships.

The symposium will bring together athletes, national sport organizations, multisport organizations, international sport federations, national and provincial governments, sport gambling operators and regulators, professional sport leagues, integrity units, and law enforcement agencies.

About CCES

The CCES works collaboratively to ensure Canadians have a positive sport experience. Through its programs, the CCES manages unethical issues in sport, protects the integrity of Canadian sport, and promotes True Sport to activate values-based sport on and off the field of play. The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that is responsible for the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. For more information, visit cces.ca, follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships.

AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

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For further information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
[email protected]

Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
613-521-3340 Ext. 3233
[email protected]