Representatives from Canadian cities Toronto and Victoria are meeting with Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) officials who are touring venues and discussing possible 2022 bids to host the Games.
Officials were in Toronto Wednesday inspecting key sites that could be proposed to host events for the Games including those at Exhibition Place and football stadium BMO Field.
They were in Victoria Thursday and Friday.
“Together the CGF and CGC Canada are in the exploratory stage of this process, meeting with the 2 Canadian cities who expressed an interested in bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” CGC CEO Brian MacPherson told GamesBids.com, “and providing them with all the information, answering all their questions, so they can make a duly considered and informed decision about submitting a Bid, or not.”
Durban, South Africa was chosen to host the 2022 Games in 2015 but after missing deadlines and milestones, the city was subsequently stripped of the opportunity earlier this year.
MacPherson said “The CGF has radically changed your typical Major Games bid process to select a replacement host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, making the process less time consuming, less costly and with less losers.”
“Should Toronto and/or Victoria choose to bid, bid proposals are due by the end of August.”
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Toronto hopes to leverage sport venues used for the 2015 Pan American Games, and utilize university campuses or new condominium developments for an Athlete’s Village – but any possible bid is still being considered by the city’s Economic Development Committee and will need to be approved by City Council.
Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak who originally forwarded the motion to explore bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games confirmed Wednesday that plans are moving forward. He also told GamesBids.com that while Federal funding is available, he understands provincial backing for the project has not yet been confirmed.
He said earlier this month that “we’re going to play hardball” to get the needed support.
Victoria was Canada’s last host city for the Commonwealth Games in 1994; Toronto has never hosted.
Durban originally won the 2022 bid unopposed, but several cities are now interested in becoming a replacement host. Along with the Canadian cities others include Birmingham and Liverpool in Britain; Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Australia’s Gold Coast will host the 2018 edition of the Games.