The Canadian Soccer Association is counting on Charmaine Crooks’ sports administration expertise to help move the game forward.
The five-time Olympian and Order of Canada appointee, who is widely recognized for her expertise in strategic consulting, global sports, media and corporate directorships; has been appointed to the board for a two-year term.
The first Canadian woman to run 800-metres in under two minutes, Crooks was the flag bearer at the 1996 Atlanta Games opening ceremony.
After a successful track career spanning almost two decades, she opened a sports marketing, management and corporate consulting firm in Vancouver in 1994. Crooks was elected to the International and Canadian Olympic Committees and played strategic roles in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver, where she now lives, and the Pan/Parapan American Games to Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region in 2015.
A supporter of Toronto’s bid for the 2008 Olympics that was awarded to Beijing, Crooks is always ready to throw her full support behind Canadian cities vying for major track and field and multi-sports events.
Meanwhile, the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) has announced that the draw for the third and final round of African World Cup qualifiers will take place on September 16. The Confederation of African Soccer will host the draw in Cairo, Egypt.
The matches will take the form of two-legged playoffs with the aggregate winners going to Brazil next year.
FIFA has also revealed that the five best-placed sides in the world rankings, as of September 12, will be seeded for the draw.
The first leg of the playoffs will be held between October 11-15 while the second and decisive ties will be played from November 15 -19.
Ethiopia, which has never appeared in the World Cup, qualified for the play-offs with a 2-1 win over South Africa recently, eliminating the 2010 hosts in the process.