Three Remaining 2015 Pan Am Bid’s Make Presentations

The three remaining bids for the 2015 Pan American Games gave their presentations Friday in Acapulco Mexico at the general assembly meeting of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Caracas, Venezuela suddenly dropped out of the race and no official word was given for its withdrawal. A possible reason according to speculators was concern that three South American cities would split the vote.

Toronto’s official bid was launched with two Royal Canadian Mounted Police, reports the Toronto Star. The Toronto delegation of about 30 people wore red and white T-shirts with the 2015 logo. During a coffee break they handed out strawberry and lemon ice cream, which according to the newspaper was “perfect on a hot, humid, Acapulco afternoon”.

Toronto’s presentation began with a video that showed the selling points of the region and why it would be the best host from its cosmopolitan nature to its love of sports. Toronto’s Mayor David Miller pointed to the city’s experience in hosting major sporting events like the FIFA Under-20 World Cup of soccer in 2007. Ontario’s Police Commissioner emphasized Toronto is a safe and secure city.

The Toronto Star reports Bogota’s presentation focused on its ideal climate where the weather is spring-like all year round, and its geographical position at the centre of the Americas.

Mayor Samuel Moreno Rojas highlighted one of the strengths of Bogota’s bid – that 80 per cent of the required sporting facilities are already in place. He also pointed to cultural and sporting attractions in the city, including more than 50 museums and 313 km. of bike paths.

Lima said Peru should get a chance to welcome the games. Carlos Pas Soldan, head of the Peruvian committee said, “Lima has never had the opportunity to host the games. Six countries have hosted the games twice.

Ontario Premier McGuinty said the reduced field doesn’t change Toronto’s approach. He told the Toronto Star, “if someone falls by the wayside when you’re running, you don’t look back. You stay focused on your objective and run as hard as you can”.