TORONTO – Toronto Mayor John Tory says the city now has sports facilities to host international competitions that could previously only be held in Vancouver.
Tory says the Pan Am Games, which wrap up Sunday, have opened the door for Toronto to welcome a number of athletic events, including the Olympics.
The mayor says he won’t discuss a potential bid for the Olympic Games until after the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are over, but says nothing’s off the table at this point.
Cities looking to host the 2024 Summer Olympics have until Sept. 15 to submit a letter of application to the International Olympic Committee.
The winning city will be chosen in the summer of 2017.
Toronto has made several failed bids for the Olympic Games, most recently when it lost to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Games.
“There’s a whole variety of international events and sporting competitions that we’re now in a position to host, which I think is good for Toronto, good for Ontario and good for Canada, and the Olympics is one of those, obviously, about which there’s a great discussion,” Tory said.
“I guess everything’s on the table until you take it off the table,” he said.