McGuinty government invests $1 million in FIFA U-20 World Cup

    Ontario Hosting 20 Matches, Including Gold Medal Game

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is providing $1 million
to help the Canadian Soccer Association host 20 FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada
2007 matches in Toronto and Ottawa, including the gold medal game, Health
Promotion Minister Jim Watson announced today.
    "We are thrilled to welcome the world to Ontario and to play host to this
incredibly popular soccer tournament. It's exciting that soccer fans have a
tremendous opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow today, right here in
Toronto and Ottawa," said Watson. "In hosting this event, the province
benefits from tourism, jobs and the influence that an event of this level has
on encouraging young people to get more active and try something new."
    The tournament, which runs from June 30 to July 22, is the largest
single-sport event ever held in Canada. A total 52 matches featuring 24 of the
world's best teams will be played in six cities across Canada. Ottawa will
host eight games and Toronto will host 12.
    The gold and bronze medal matches will be held at the new National Soccer
Stadium in Toronto. The province invested $8 million in the development of the
stadium to attract events such as the World Cup and to build a legacy of sport
infrastructure and community resources in Ontario.
    The event is one of the first that the McGuinty government pursued under
the guidelines of Ontario's International Amateur Sport Event Hosting Policy,
and is part of the province's overall strategy to increase Ontarians'
participation in physical activity and sport.
    "Soccer is such a beautiful sport and such a wonderful vehicle for
improving our health and fitness," said Canadian Soccer Association president
Colin Linford. "We are pleased that Ontario is supporting the FIFA U-20 World
Cup Canada 2007. This event will help showcase our sport at a local, national
and global level."

    The Ministry of Health Promotion was established to improve and deliver
programs that contribute to healthy living and wellness in Ontario. Key
priority areas include Ontario's smoke-free strategy, healthy eating, active
living, sport and recreation, injury prevention and mental health promotion.

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8497; Julie Rosenberg, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4833

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