— Published 3 February 2022

Technology to fight the virus

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is using technology to combat the risk of coronavirus infection. The COC announced that it has entered into an agreement with Teck Resources Limited, its official mining, metals and minerals partner, to equip Team Canada’s high performance training venues with antimicrobial copper. It will be applied to high-contact surfaces to help protect athletes. Copper is the only solid metal touch surface registered by Health Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that has been proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria. The process will be tested initially at two sites, the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). Teck has invested C$200,000, C$100,000 at each site, to install antimicrobial copper coatings on exercise equipment and high-contact areas, including barbell handles, exercise equipment and door handles. The installation will take place throughout 2022. The COC and its partner will then assess the feasibility of installing copper at other training sites.