Peru Wants Toronto To Postpone 2015 Pan Am Bid

The Embassy magazine reports Peruvian Ambassador Jorge Juan Castaneda Mendez sent a letter July 23 to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, Minister of State for Sport Gary Lunn, and Michael Chambers, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a Toronto 2015 bid board member, asking the city to postpone its bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

The ambassador said Canada’s sport and infrastructure development is more in line with games like the 2010 Winter Games and called on the Canadian government’s Olympic spirit to support his argument. In the letter he wrote, “considering the Olympic Principles of encouraging equal participation and involvement…Peru has requested the Canadian Olympic Committee to consider postponing its bid and support the one from Lima for the organization of 2015 Pan-American Games. Peru has never organized a major sporting event at either world or hemispheric levels. That is why the people and government of Peru see with enthusiasm and great expectation the possibility of organizing – for the first time in our history – the 2015 Pan American Games in the capital city”.

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