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Toronto to host 2015 Pan American Games

2009-11-08 12:14:00 AIPS

GUADALAJARA, November 8, 2009 - With great excitement, the bidding team for Toronto, Canada welcomed the announcement made by the President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), Mr. Mario Vazquez Raña, that the city will be the next host of the 2015 Pan American Games.

In an atmosphere of great expectation, Toronto's proposal was deemed the most viable in comparison to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru. The runners-up respectfully applauded as the news was made public. David Peterson, President of the Candidacy Committee, thanked PASO members and assured that the city will deliver by executing the 2015 Pan American Games with the highest standards of quality.

"We will not disappoint you," he asserted. "When the people from PASO and the athletes come to our city, they will have compatriots nearby to help them since our city is the most culturally diverse city in the world," commented David Miller, Mayor of a city where 50% of the population is made up of immigrants.

Toronto's candidacy is backed by a large financial investment which is guaranteed by the three levels of government. The available budget is USD $1.4B for the Games and $1B more for the Pan American Village, an installation of utmost importance which is already under construction.

In addition, Canada assures that the 2015 edition will be the first completely "green" Games since staging them will be done in a carbon-neutral way.

"The reason we won is because of the merging of many efforts and the collective wisdom of the voters when they made their decision. We're honored to have won against the other bidders here," Ontario's Prime Minister, Dalton McGuinty, expressed.

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