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August 28, 2009 | Field Hockey Canada | fieldhockey.ca

Field hockey lobbies for return to Canada Games

By CBCNEWS.CA

August 28, 2009

The first medals in golf and triathlon are being awarded at this summer’s Canada Games in P.E.I., but those additions have come at the expense of some other sports.

Women’s field hockey and men’s softball were dropped from Canada Games competition in 2009.

The Canada Games Council uses a rating system, based on the number of participants, coaches, and international performance when it decides what sports to include in competition. In addition, rankings put forward by the provinces and territories are taken into consideration.

Barb Carmichael, current President of the Prince Edward Island Women’s Field Hockey Association, played field hockey for P.E.I. at the 1969 and 1973 Canada Games, and she doesn’t agree with the decision to drop her sport.

"If you’re going to take in a new sport, you leave the older sports that have been successful with the Games, and add the new ones," she said.

The decision has already been made to exclude field hockey and men’s softball at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

Kelly Dearborn of Canada Games Council says there are no plans to change the sport selection process, but he said the council is open to working with national sports organizations who want to improve their rankings and their chances of getting into the Canada Games.

Carmichael said efforts are underway across the country to revitalize the sport, with an eye to returning to the Canada Games in 2017.

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This article was adapted from cbc.ca