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Law firm Fasken backs Canadian Olympic Committee

Canada's Evan Dunfee holds his national flag after finishing third in the Men's 50km Race Walk final at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP via Getty Images)

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has agreed a deal for law firm Fasken to become the first-ever official legal services partner of Team Canada.

The five-year deal will focus on providing value to the sports system in Canada through value-in-kind legal services, including direct legal support to the COC, co-op calls and consultations to all Canadian National Sport Organisations (NSOs) and Olympic athletes.

The deal is designed to build on the Canadian government’s commitment of C$72m (€47m/$51m) to the sports sector amid the Covid-19 crisis.

David Shoemaker, chief executive and secretary general of the COC, said: “Since March, we’ve had frequent calls with NSO leaders and our sport partners to work through their concerns and the severe impact of Covid-19 on the sport community cannot be overstated.

“This partnership with Fasken will provide the NSOs with much needed legal services and help navigate complexities including eligibility for government assistance programs such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. We are so incredibly thankful for the team at Fasken for fast-tracking these services for the immediate benefit of the NSO community and Olympic family.”

The COC hopes the agreement will lead to other companies coming forward with solutions to support Canada’s sports sector. “We have had some incredibly positive conversations with Team Canada’s partners who are committed to supporting the Olympic Movement and we look forward to sharing more news in the coming days,” said Shoemaker.

“This partnership with Fasken is just the beginning of that commitment and we are very thankful that they want to be part of the solution by joining the Team Canada family.”

Fasken has 10 offices across four continents, with bases in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. The company is an existing partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.