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January 15, 2014
Canadian Olympics to honour late sportscaster Garneau

Veteran Quebec journalist and sports commentator the late Richard Garneau will be honoured in Sochi.(Photo:CBS)

TORONTO, January 15, 2014 - Veteran Quebec journalist and sports commentator Richard Garneau will be posthumously awarded the Olympic order, the highest honour awarded to a recipient for contributions to the Olympic Movement by the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Garneau who passed away on January 20 last year at the age of 82 will be honoured at a reception at the Canada Olympic House during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

According to Radio Canada’s website Garneau began his career in November 1953 at CHRC, a radio station in Quebec City before moving on to CFCM-TV.

Garneau described by the Canadian Olympics as a ‘true champion and trusted voice of the Canadian Olympic Movement’ joined the team at Radio-Canada in 1957 and remained there for the next 33 years.

Garneau spent more than two decades on the French-language CBC's version of "Hockey Night In Canada,'' in addition to working as a sports reporter since joining the network in 1957.

Garneau held several positions in the Radio-Canada newsroom and covered 23 Olympic Games and the Tour de France.

He was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame and also wrote several books.

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