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Former Olympian joins Race for Rights in Winnipeg

August 11, 2008

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Former Olympian joins Race for Rights today
David Kay to be joined by Jeff Powell in Manitoba
(Montreal, Sunday, 10 August 2008) –Former Team Canada member and Pan American medallist David Kay will be joined by former Olympian and two-time world champion rower Jeff Powell, as he rides into Winnipeg from East Braintree, Manitoba.
Kay who is crossing Canada on his Race for Rights journey for the Canada Tibet Committee will stop with Powell at the future site of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights on Sunday, August 10th to meet local media.
Event:    Media Availability - Race for Rights
Date:     Sunday, 10 August 2008
Time:     4:30 PM
Place:  On site of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights beside billboard illustration
Following the Availability, Kay and Powell will have dinner at the African Pavilion at Winnipeg’s annual Folklorama. Kay will pass through Reynolds, Winnipeg, Portage La Prairie and Brandon as he crosses Manitoba and heads to Saskatchewan.
While in Manitoba, David will be riding for He Depu. He, who took part in the 1979 Democracy Wall movement and the 1989 pro-democracy movement, was detained in 2002 after signing an open letter calling for political reform and was sentenced to eight years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power". In April, He wrote IOC president, stating: “the Olympic Games should not just be understood as a collection of competitions of active sports. They are athletic competitions, but even more so, they should be viewed as a movement for social progress that embodies the values of humanity...”
Race for Rights is a cross-Canada bike tour to raise public awareness of China’s human rights record in the days leading through the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Race for Rights video can be viewed at Please note: a broadcast quality version of the video is available from the Canada Tibet Committee.
To help support the advancement of human rights in Tibet and China, David’s journey, and Race for Rights visit:
David Kay is an avid cyclist and accomplished rower with a strong record in championing social and environmental justice. David has won medals in rowing at several international competitions as a member of Team Canada. In 2000, he made a round-trip cycle tour from Canada to Guatemala. At home in Kingston, David sits on various committees including the OPIRG Board of Directors and the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum. David is also an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play.
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
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