Toronto presents strong Bid for 2015 Pan American Games



    
    Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Bid representatives present a copy of
    Toronto's Bid Book to Premier McGuinty
    

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Today, representatives from Toronto's bid for the
2015 Pan/Parapan American Games presented a copy of the Bid Book - the formal
submission to host the Games - to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "We have a strong plan to stage an exceptional Pan Am Games," said the
Hon. David Peterson, Chair of Toronto 2015. "Our plan will provide a
memorable, world-class experience for the athletes and a valuable legacy for
the community to enjoy for years to follow."
    The Games would create 15,000 jobs in construction, Games support and
operations, attract 250,000 tourists, bring 10,000 athletes and team officials
together, and shine a spotlight on Toronto for the 25-day competition. In
addition, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region would gain
much-needed new sports infrastructure and legacy fund.
    "The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will be more than just a competition,"
said Michael Chambers, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. "It will leave a
lasting sports legacy for Ontario's youth and contribute to the long-term
development and support of our athletes."
    Bid Chair David Peterson is presenting Toronto's Bid Book to Mario
Vazquez Rana, President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) in
Mexico tomorrow. PASO represents the 42 nations across the Caribbean and the
Americas whose National Olympic Committees will determine the host for the
2015 Games.
    The 233-page document outlines how Toronto proposes to host the 2015 Pan
Am Games, including a comprehensive venue and accommodation plan,
transportation and security arrangements, finance, cultural program, marketing
of the Games and more.

    
    Highlights of Toronto's bid include:

    -   Solid financial commitments from all three levels of government in
        Canada, as well as Games deficit guaranteed by the Province of
        Ontario;

    -   World-class existing sporting facilities and new venues built to meet
        or exceed International Sport Federation (ISF) standards, including
        the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, the Pan American Aquatics
        Centre, two additional 50-metre pools, the Pan American Stadium, and
        the Pan American Velodrome;

    -   A $70 million legacy fund to encourage and support the long-term
        development of amateur sport and the support the ongoing operation
        and maintenance of major Games legacy facilities;

    -   A newly constructed, self-contained, high-capacity and high-quality
        Pan American Village at West Don Lands on Toronto's waterfront; and

    -   Investments in economic development, community building, cultural
        enterprise, social priorities, environmental stewardship and
        innovation in host communities.
    

    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. Other bidding cities are Lima, Peru and Bogota,
Colombia. 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.

    
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For further information:

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

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