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Commonwealth Ministers to meet in Rio ahead of Gold Coast 2018

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Minister for Health and Aged Care Minister for Sport THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP

Media Release

02 August 2016

Commonwealth Ministers to meet in Rio ahead of Gold Coast 2018

Federal Minister for Sport Sussan Ley departs for Rio 2016 today to chair the 8th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting ahead of the XXXI Olympic Games.

Ms Ley said the purpose of gathering at least 38 Commonwealth nations is to promote shared interests in sport policy and programs which will boost social and economic development across the Commonwealth.

“I will also be seeking an update from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on efforts to protect and strengthen the integrity of sport, responding to the ever-present threat of sports corruption.

"These issues are all important for Australia, as we look ahead to hosting a safe, clean and successful 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.”

During a four day visit Ms Ley will also help greet Australia’s team during the Athlete’s Village welcoming and flag raising ceremony - she will also attend the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony and cheer on the Aussies during Day 1 of competition.

This is the first Olympic Games under Australia’s new high-performance strategy Australia’s Winning Edge which provides a national approach to deliver international sports performance targets for Australia until 2022.

Under Winning Edge, the Australian Sports Commission has increased resources dedicated to assisting sports with issues of governance, commercialisation and sustainability, innovation and research, coaching and leadership as well as talent identification.

The Rio Olympic Games will feature 28 sports, over 10,000 athletes from 207 countries at 33 different venues. The Australian team will consist of over 400 athletes competing in 26 different sports.

The Rio 2016 Paralympics begin on 7 September and will see more than 4,000 athletes with a disability from over 160 nations compete in 23 different sports. The Australian Paralympic Team will consist of over 170 athletes competing in 17 sports.

“I wish all of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes the very best over the coming weeks and have no doubt they will do our nation proud.”

“If you want to send your own message of support to Australia’s #OneTeam, you can easily download the 2016 Australian Olympic Team Official App for Rio at “, Ms Ley said.

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