Pan Am Games not a B-team event: Grimes

- May 12th, 2012

Pan Am Games

Toronto is set to host the Pan Am Games in 2015.

Most people have heard of the Olympics. Most world cities, including Toronto, want the Olympics. But Toronto has never won a bid to host the Olympics and we did, like it or not, win a bid to host the Pan Am Games.

Councillor Mark Grimes couldn’t be happier about the Pan Am Games coming to town.

Grimes is the chairman of the Mayor’s Pan Am Secretariat and is a big booster for the games. Speaking at a Pan Am update (story on that update here and here) on Friday, Grimes was adamant “this is not a B-class event.”

Asked if he truly believes Toronto residents will turn out to watch the 10,000 athletes expected for the Pan Am Games, Grimes was confident the city will be there.

“Toronto has got to take their head out of the sand and stop looking at this as a B-class event,” Grimes said. “This is going to be the biggest sporting event this country has ever seen.

“Toronto wants the Olympics, these are the events we have to support to get the infrastructure to get the big Olympics.”

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2 comments

  1. JANE DOE says:

    no interest and no desire…LOW PRIORITY FOR TORONTO……NOT CONVINCED…THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS WASTING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO BENEFIT..THEIR LIBERAL BUDDIES…DOES NOT BENEFIT CITIZENS OF TORONTO….

  2. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    Pan Am Games, Olympics, Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Mexico, United, Kingdom……..wow…..might be
    all nice and classy, temporary jobs, excellent athletes, top notch showmanship. Expensive……and
    of course the people will come and watch. You gotta ask yourself….are we really that well programmed?
    Then there’s the aftermath or the math of the completed games. Did the games make a “profit” or
    do we end in a “debt”? A temporary “high” for show and tell? And where does that leave the future
    of the structural changes, will they be used, how much, how often, and at what cost?
    And could the money be better spent on priorities of the province or do we end up with a temporary
    provincial “high” feeling, left with……..??

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