Hamilton called on to play key role in Pan Am Games Bid

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Toronto 2015 Bid Chair David Peterson today
made it clear that the Pan Am Games Bid needs Hamilton, and Hamilton needs the
    "This is an incredible opportunity for Hamilton to increase its sports
infrastructure," said Peterson. "We want Hamilton to be an integral part of
this Bid, and now is the time to get on board."
    Hamilton is slated to play a central role in the Games. The current plan
has the city hosting perennial Games' favourite track and field (Athletics) at
a new stadium. Hamilton also will receive a portable velodrome for track
cycling, and is slated to host volleyball, another of the Games' most popular
sports, at Copps Coliseum.
    Mr. Peterson made the comments in remarks to the Hamilton Chamber of
Commerce today.
    The Bid already has been warmly received by the Canadian sporting
community and has the support of all three levels of government, including
more than a dozen municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Bid
Book outlining operations and infrastructure plans is due to the Pan American
Sports Organization, responsible for the hosting decision, in April 2009.

    The Pan American Games is a major international multi-sport event, held
every four years for athletes of the 42 Pan American Sports Organization
member nations. The 2015 event, which includes the Pan American Games and the
Parapan American Games, is expected to draw 10,000 athletes and officials and
250,000 visitors. Rio de Janiero, Brazil hosted the 2007 Games and
Guadalajara, Mexico will host the 2011 Games.

For further information:

For further information: Liz Borowiec, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Bid
Corporation, (416) 326-4982, liz.borowiec@toronto2015.org

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