Toronto mayor says not right time for 2024 Games bid

September 15, 2015

Toronto’s mayor announced today (Sept 15) that the city will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. And promised to create a panel to advise on bidding for future major sporting events.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory said the city would benefit from hosting an Olympic Games but said the city needs to improve infrastructure and transit needs first.

“I can’t look people in the eye at this point in our city’s development and tell them that an Olympic bid is the best use of our time, our energy or our investment,” Tory, who announced his decision on the final day to submit a letter of intent to the International Olympic Committee, told a news conference.

“But now I can look in the eyes of my colleagues at other levels of government and say this, together we should be making the investment talked about in the context of the Olympics.”

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Toronto has failed in five previous attempts to host the Olympics, the most recent being a bid for the 2008 Summer Games that ended in a second-place finish to Beijing.

Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Games next year with Tokyo holding the event for a second time in 2020.

 

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