Future Games organizers among those attending PASO General Assembly in
Toronto from October 8-11
General Assembly sessions open to media. Pre-registration available now
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Top officials from international sport federations, upcoming
Olympic/Paralympic Games and National Olympic Committees from 41
countries are coming to Toronto next month for the Pan American Sports
Organization (PASO) General Assembly meeting.
The who's who sports gathering — a first for Toronto — will involve an
estimated 350 delegates led by PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña from
October 8-11 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel, located on the scenic
Lake Ontario waterfront.
All PASO General Assembly sessions are open to media. Interested outlets
are asked to register in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Some of the highlights on the agenda of the PASO General Assembly in
A comprehensive update for PASO delegates by the TORONTO 2015 Pan
Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), as well as future
international Games' organizers on Thursday, October 10
The election and announcement, on Friday, October 11, of the Host City
for the 2019 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The competing cities are: La
Punta, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Ciudad Bolívar,
The TORONTO Pan Am 2015 Games, which open on July 10, 2015, will feature
an estimated 6,000 athletes from 41 countries competing in 36 sports,
including women's baseball and golf for the first time, in venues
located in 15 municipalities in southern Ontario. Together with the
Parapan Am Games, they will be the largest international multisport
Games ever held in Canada.
An emotional highlight of the four-day PASO meeting will be when the
vote for the 2019 host city is announced. High-profile delegations from
the bid countries are expected to come to the General Assembly to whip
up last-minute excitement and votes for their cities — after all,
history will be made in Toronto.
Neither Peru nor Chile has hosted the Pan Am Games. What's more, none of
the Bid Cities has staged back-to-back Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
(Rio in 2007 marked the first time the two regional multisport Games
were held in the same city within weeks of each other).
Argentina has hosted three Pan Am Games: Mar del Plata in 1995, Buenos
Aires in 1951 (the first-ever Pan Am Games) and the sole Winter Games
in 1990 at Las Leñas. It also hosted the second Parapan Am Games in
2003 in Mar del Plata. Venezuela previously hosted the Pan Am Games in
1983 in Caracas.
Other highlights of the General Assembly include:
Tuesday, October 8
Opening news conference with PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña, 6:30
Wednesday, October 9
Opening Ceremony of the PASO General Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
PASO General Assembly, 9:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10
TO2015 progress update and presentations by organizing committees of
future Games, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 11
Presentations by the 2019 Bid Cities, 9:00 am to 1:00pm
Vote for 2019 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games' Host City, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closing news conference with PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña, 6:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Event times are subject to change. All events at Westin Harbour Castle
hotel unless otherwise stated. More details to come in early October.
For more information on PASO, visit www.toronto2015.org/lang/en/the-games/about-paso1.html.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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