Marcel Aubut, head of the Canadian Olympic Committee, wants Toronto to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Aubut said Friday that he will “absolutely lead and advocate with the whole power of my office that Toronto becomes the host city for 2024 Olympic Games.”
Gaetan Tardif, head of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, also supports a bid. He said, “today, we join our partner, the Canadian Olympic Committee and its President Marcel Aubut, and stand tall in declaring that Toronto has proven that they can host a successful Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.”
“As such, we will support future plans in pursuing a candidacy for the city of Toronto to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Meanwhile Toronto mayor John Tory has said officials will weigh the pros and cons of a bid as soon as the Pan Am Games are over. Among the concerns are the cost of a bid which are typically between (USD) $50 million to $100 million.
The elected host city will receive a $1.5 billion contribution from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
If Toronto bids it would mark the city’s third attempt to host the Olympics in recent years including the 1996 and 2008 Games. John Furlong, head of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, has said the timing might be right for Toronto this time. He said the excitement over the Pan Am Games would make it easier to generate public support for an Olympic bid which is key to winning over the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Others have pointed to the city’s new sports facilities, and that new Olympic Agenda 2020 rules allow host cities to use existing venues and a more widespread footprint.
Bid cities have until September 15 to confirm their intentions and the IOC will select a short list next year. The host city of the 2024 Summer Olympics will be elected in the summer of 2017 in Lima, Peru.
Currently Paris, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest have declared their intentions to bid along with Boston, but the latter has suffered from the impact of fierce organized opposition which has kept public polling support numbers below 50 per cent.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has asked Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for his endorsement of the Boston 2024, but the Governor has reportedly said that he cannot take a position until next month after he receives a consultant’s report regarding the viability of the plans.
Baker is expected to join a conference call of USOC board members Monday while they discuss the situation. The timing is critical – if the USOC hopes to name a replacement should they drop Boston – they would be well-advised to do it now. It is widely speculated that Los Angeles, defeated by Boston for the domestic nomination in January, is ready to step in should the need arise. Next week IOC members along with key USOC personnel will gather in Kuala Lumpur for their 128th Session, an important opportunity for the USOC to sell whatever it is they bring to the members who will be voting for the host city in two years.
On Saturday website insidethegames reported that a source close to the bid said that the USOC is ready to make a decision Monday.