Toronto To Look Into 2024 Olympic Bid
Council voted in favour of the motion, which came as an amendment to another motion moved by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam to study the possibility a World Expo 2025 bid in the Greater Toronto Area. The mayor, who didn’t want to bid for the 2020 Games, voted in favour of Minnan-Wong’s motion.
As a result, city staff will submit two separate reports to the city’s economic development and culture committee in March 2013 – one on the Olympic bid and the other on the Expo bid.
“I think an Olympics would be great for the City of Toronto. I think it would be tremendous for the spirit of the City of Toronto,” Minnan-Wong said in an interview on CBC’s Here and Now.
The councillor said it “makes sense” to at least consider making bids for both Expo 2025 and the Olympics.
“The benefits are massive, not only in terms of economic investment, the jobs that are created, but also the infrastructure that would be created,” he said.
Toronto tried twice before to land the Games in recent years – but lost out to Atlanta for the 1996 Games and Beijing for the 2008 Games.
“I think we’re due,” Minnan-Wong said.
The winning bid for the 2024 Games will be announced in 2017.
Olympic champions Pyrros Dimas, and Li Ning, left, light the Olympic Flame at Panathenaean stadium in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Former England football captain David Beckham, second right, claps hands next to London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, enter the Panathenaean stadium in Athens. (AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris)
Children carry the Greek and British flags at Panathenaean stadium in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A torchbearer runs with the Olympic flame at Panathenaean stadium in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A cauldron with the Olympic Flame is seen atop the Athens Acropolis after a Torch relay ceremony. (AP Photo/Yannis Behrakis/pool)
High priestess Ino Menegaki (right) passes the Olympic flame to the President of the Hellenic Olympic Comitee Spyros Kapralos, at Panathenaean stadium in Athens. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Second Olympic Torch bearer, Alex Loukos from Great Britain, right, receives the Olympic torch from Spyros Gianniotis, left, inside the tomb of Pierre de Coubertin in Ancient Olympia, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
So Conservatives, wouldn’t you like to get big government out of the Olympics? Of course you would, so here is a solution: let the international pharmaceutical corporations sponsor the games. Attempts to police drug use by participants are often a failure so let big pharma supply the drugs and advertise in the same way as oil companies and tire companies do at the Grand Prix. Just consider the potential revenue stream to finance venues from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche or Abbott Laboratories etc.
Now consider the added profits for those weathy elites amongst you who have vested interests in those companies when the television ads air.”Yes folks our superior brand of steroids were responsible for winning sixteen gold medals this year so make sure your physician specifies (insert brand name here) when he writes your next prescription.”
Now, of course, there will be some physical harm to the athletes involved but when balanced against profits that will be a small price to pay and the added growth to your stock portfolios more than justifies it.
1) Atlanta misleadingly presented its night time temperatures as daytime temperatures – in other words, Atlanta said “Hey! it’s only 29 here during the day!” When in fact, it was closer to 40. None of the incompetent clowns on the IOC bothered to confirm their weather claims, and athletes suffered through the heat.
2) Toronto had zero zero zero ZERO foresight when it built the Skydome. Too small for a 400 m track, even too small to meet minimum attendance capacities for the opening ceremonies. Toronto’s bid required and entirely new stadium and they looked like a bunch of idiots with no vision.
I used to be a big Olympics fan growing up but they have become a suckers game now. Countries spend way too much money preparing and hosting and the Olympic Committee ends up with all the money. They are bullies that think they own the word when in fact it is a name of an area in Greece.
On top of that they are completely sold out to major corporations with very little benefit to locals except paying for it all. Here in Vancouver we had a great time but the winter Olympics cost way less but we will be paying for it for many many years.