Toronto 2015 ready to make its case as ideal host



    Bid team excited to showcase Toronto to PASO Representatives

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - In the next few days, the Toronto 2015 Bid for
the Pan / Parapan American Games Committee will welcome the Pan American
Sports Organization's (PASO) Evaluation Commission for a two-day tour of
Toronto, visiting proposed Games venues and facilities for the 2015 Pan Am
Games.
    "We're thrilled to welcome the Evaluation Commission and are ready to
make our case as the ideal city to host the 2015 Pan American Games," said 
Hon. David Peterson, Chair, Toronto 2015 Bid Committee. "We've worked very
hard to put together an excellent bid. We now have the chance to show PASO
first-hand the world-class venues, infrastructure, attractions and exciting
new facilities that we can deliver."
    The evaluation visit, August 30 and 31, is an integral part of the bid
process and a critical milestone on the way to the final bid presentation and
vote in Guadalajara, Mexico in November. The Evaluation Commission will assess
key elements of the bid and report findings to PASO, the organization
responsible for the Games and whose member nations vote to award hosting
rights.
    Toronto 2015 has a busy two-day schedule of tours, meetings and
presentations planned for the Evaluation Commission. Toronto 2015 welcomes
members Dr. Julio César Maglione (Uruguay), Chair of the Commission; Danilo
Carrera Drouet (Ecuador); Felipe Munoz Kapamas (Mexico), Ramon Zubizarreta
(Paraguay); Alphonso Bridgewater (St. Kitts and Nevis), all Olympic Committee
presidents of their respective nations, and Reynaldo Lopez Gonzalez,
representing PASO.
    The commission members will be introduced to the people and organizations
critical to the Toronto 2015 Games and its operations as well as visit
proposed Games venues and facilities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The
Evaluation Commission will have visited 2015 bid competitors Lima, Peru and
Bogota, Colombia prior to their Toronto visit.

    The Pan Am Games is a major international multi-sport event, held every
four years for athletes of the 42 PASO member nations. The Pan American Games
consists of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other events selected by the Pan
American Sports Organization, and serve as an Olympic-qualifier for a number
of the participating sports. The last edition of the Games was held in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007 and the next will take place in Guadalajara,
Mexico in October 2011.




For further information:

For further information: Liz Borowiec, Toronto 2015, T. (416) 326-4982

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