Canadian Olympic Committee Back Toronto 2024 Olympic Bid Over 2022 Winter Games Bid

May 14, 2013

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) have said it would back a Toronto 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid over a potential Quebec City 2022 Winter Games bid.

Toronto will host the Pan Am Games in 2015 and could follow in the footsteps of Brazil in using the tournament as a stepping stone to the Olympics.

COC Chief Marcel Aubut told Reuters: “There is no doubt that what the country needs most is a Summer Olympic Games.

“If not, we are going to look again at the Winter Games and Quebec is a very good possibility, but the first goal is to convince people to go with Toronto in the summer.”

Aubut is confident that the 2024 Games will be held in North America, with recentOlympics being held in Athens, Beijing and London and the next Games heading to Rio de Janeiro. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are the options for 2020.

“They (the IOC) love Canada,” added Aubut. “It’s close to America, they love our country.

“I can tell you what people think of our country and it is all positive, that is why I believe the IOC in Lausanne, they dream to have a country like Canada hosting the Games.

“But we have to make sure the interest is there, the government support is there.”

The Pan Am Games in 2015 will be Toronto’s first major multi-sport event.