7 Nov 2009

Toronto claims right to host 2015 Pan American Games

3:51 pm on 7 November 2009

Toronto has been awarded the 2015 Pan American Games by beating the South American capitals Bogota and Lima on the first ballot.

Toronto, which has twice failed in bids to land the Summer Olympics, has budgeted $2.4 billion for the Games that will be spread out across 16 other southern Ontario districts.

The Pan American Sports Organisation voted for the introduction of six more sports at the 2011 Games to be staged in Guadalajara in western Mexico, taking the total to 36.

The new sports are karate, 10-pin bowling, Basque pelota, water skiing, squash and roller skating.

Canada has twice before hosted the Pan Am Games, in 1967 and 1999 in Winnipeg and is preparing to stage the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next February.

Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2007 Pan Am Games and used the event as a launch pad for its successful bid to land the 2016 Olympics.

Guadalajara's preparations for the 2011 Games have been beset by problems and construction delays.

Colombia was attempting to stage the games for the second time after Cali hosted them in 1971.

Lima's bid was Peru's first.