Newspaper article The Canadian Press

David Shoemaker Named Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Olympic Committee

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

David Shoemaker Named Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Olympic Committee

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Shoemaker named chief executive of COC

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David Shoemaker's inside knowledge of Beijing should be an asset for Canadian athletes competing there in 2022.

Shoemaker, named chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee on Tuesday, spent almost a decade based in Beijing as CEO of NBA China and also in a prior post with the Women's Tennis Association.

Beijing is the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Shoemaker is fluent in Mandarin.

The 47-year-old from Ottawa acknowledged his sports experience in Asia may have been a factor in earning the COC position

Among the COC's mandates are preparing athletes for games environments and looking after their needs on the ground during games.

"In my time in China, I spent a lot of time working with the Chinese government and some provincial governments and sports bureaus," Shoemaker told The Canadian Press.

"The breadth of my international experience is something we talked about at length with the board of directors at the COC. I'd like to think that aspect of my resume served me well."

Shoemaker replaced interim CEO Robin Brudner, who stepped in for Chris Overholt when he departed for the Overwatch esports league in September. Shoemaker starts his new job Jan. 7.

Shoemaker was NBA China's CEO for seven years until he and his family moved to Toronto earlier this year.

He played a role in negotiating television and digital media contracts within China for the NBA. Shoemaker formed a partnership with China's ministry of education to promote basketball in schools.

The NBA played a dozen games in China during his tenure.

"The NBA focuses on delivering excellence. It's a high-performance organization," Shoemaker said. "I see a lot of parallels there between the popularity and the standards of excellence and the high-performance organization expectation with the Canadian Olympic Committee. …

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