World Sikh Organization Welcomes 2010 Olympics Accommodation Policy

Ottawa – (October 15, 2009) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes the announcement of guidelines by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU) accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games.

The kirpan is an important Sikh article of faith, worn at all times by ‘initiated’ or amritdhari Sikhs. It reminds the wearer of their obligation to stand up for justice and to support the underprivileged in society.

WSO Canada President, Gurpreet Singh Bal said today, “The V2010 ISU’s forward thinking policy accommodating the kirpan, is in keeping with the spirit of mutual understanding and celebrating diversity which are values shared both by Canadians and the Olympic movement in general.”

Senior Policy Advisor for WSO, Gian Singh Sandhu stated, “The V2010 ISU’s policy will allow practicing Sikhs to fully participate and enjoy the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games along with fellow spectators from Canada and around the world.”

WSO encourages Sikh spectators attending Vancouver Winter Olympic events to become familiar with the V2010 ISU policy and strictly adhere to the guidelines. For further clarifications please contact either WSO or V2010 ISU with any questions you may have with regards to this policy.

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Sikh Diaspora, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status. This policy is a reflection of some of the work being carried out by dedicated Sikhs, for the betterment of all.

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