Deadline approaches for Toronto to declare interest in bidding for Olympics

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TORONTO — The premier of Ontario says she hasn’t decided whether her government will support an Olympic bid by the city of Toronto if one is made.

Kathleen Wynne also says that as far as she knows, Toronto Mayor John Tory has not decided whether to submit a letter to the International Olympic Committee expressing the city’s interest in the 2024 Summer Games.

Tory has until Tuesday to make up his mind and has repeatedly said he plans to take all the time available to him to make his decision.

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He has said he only began researching the feasibility of a bid as excitement built for the Pan Am Games, which were hosted by Toronto and surrounding communities this summer.

Tory doesn’t need approval to file a letter of interest with the IOC but he needs the support of city council as well as the provincial and federal governments to proceed with a bid.

Toronto unsuccessfully bid for the 1996 and 2008 Olympics.

Los Angeles has voted in favour of bidding for the 2024 Games, which it estimates would cost about $6 billion in public and private spending.

Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary, are other declared bidders.

 

The Canadian Press

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