Canadian Olympic Committee applauds Federal Government's support of 2015 Pan American Games bid



    Beijing, CHINA, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is
pleased and encouraged that the Government of Canada has agreed to join the
Governments of Ontario and various greater Toronto area municipalities in
supporting the bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games.
    The eyes of the world focused last evening on the 10,000+ athletes who
marched proudly into Beijing's National Stadium (colloquially named the Bird's
Nest) for the Opening Ceremony of the XXIX Olympic Games. The overwhelming
national pride demonstrated by the people of China, and the impressive
organization of the Beijing Games, illustrate the tremendous benefits hosting
a major international sports event can bring to a country. A successful 2015
Pan American Games Bid will afford the populace of communities around the
greater Toronto area and Golden Horseshoe, as well as all Ontarians and
Canadians, the opportunity to experience similar excitement first hand in
2015.
    "The support from the Federal Government for the 2015 Pan American Games
bid demonstrates once again the commitment of the Harper government towards
high performance sport in Canada," said COC President Michael Chambers. "We
look forward to working with our Federal, Provincial and Municipal government
partners in crafting a winning bid."
    "This announcement comes closely on the heels of the Federal Governments'
spring budget that contributed significant funding to the summer Road to
Excellence program. This ongoing support for high performance sport
illustrates to all Canadians the importance that the Harper government places
on sport, and healthy lifestyles", said Chris Rudge, Chief Executive Officer
of the COC.
    Competing bids for the 2015 Pan American Games are expected from Bogota
(Colombia), Lima (Peru) and Caracas (Venezuela). Canada last hosted the Pan
American Games in Winnipeg in 1999, and has not hosted a major multi-sport
event in Ontario since the 1936 British Empire Games (the precursor to the
Commonwealth Games).

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means.
    For more information see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Director, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Beijing Cell:
86 1500 772 4275, Email: skeogh@olympic.ca; Sylvie Bigras, Press Chief,
Canadian Olympic Committee,  Cell.: (613) 298-1625, Beijing Cell: 86 1500 772
4317, Email: sbigras@olympic.ca

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