TORONTO.- The very well executed organization of the XVII Pan-American Games and the commendable performance of the host nation’s well-prepared team, have rekindled a possibility that Toronto might once again apply to host the Olympic Games.
Uruguayan Julio Cesar Maglione, President of the Pan-American Sports Organization (ODEPA from the Spanish acronym) himself, in comments to The Havana Reporter, said that Toronto had organized an event on par with any Olympics.
With the 2024 Games in mind, the ODEPA head, added that they have a wonderful villa, first class facilities and great organizational abilities. If motivated to do so, Toronto would be an excellent candidate to host an Olympic Games.
A few days later, at an event to honor journalists with a long history of covering Pan-American Games, John Troy, mayor of Canada’s largest city -- with a population estimated to be in the region of 2,800,000 – said that events of this type put the nation and the city on the sporting map of the world.
With an eye clearly on the possibility of a third bid for the 2024 Games, he said that it remains to be seen what might be done going forward, because everything rests on the success of the Pan-American games and the reactions of people to two such events.
Toronto, Canada’s economic capital, situated in the province of Ontario, was beaten by the US city of Atlanta in their 2008 Olympic bid and again by Beijing four years later.
UNITED WE PLAY
According to the provincial Minister for Health Promotion and Sport, Margarett Best, the 2015 Pan-American slogan “United We Play” was created in anticipation of what these Games succeeded in their endeavors to become, a festival for the Americas to connect and celebrate cultures, arts, music and American and Caribbean performances.
For what purpose? “To inspire and transform a generation so that they might work together for the creation of healthy and active communities of the future”.
So, between the 10th and the 26th July more than 6,000 athletes from 41 nations competed in 36 sports and 52 disciplines at 30 venues dispersed throughout 16 south Ontarian municipalities.
One again the medals table was headed by the US with 103 gold, 81 silver and 81 bronze medals, culminating in a total of 265.
Canada came second with an unexpected total of 217 medals, comprising 78 gold, 69 silver and 70 bronze.
Canada’s previous best performance of 64-52-80 dates back to when they hosted the Winnipeg-1999 Games, just five titles short of Cuba who were second on the table on that occasion.
Cuba, who in Toronto-2015 had aspired to consolidate the second place they had held since Cali-1971, had to however settle for fourth place, having taken 36 gold, 27 silver and 34 bronze medals, which was well below their precompetition expectations.
The Cubans were beaten for third place by the Brazilians who, given incentive by the forthcoming Rio de Janeiro-2016 Olympic Games, came with the very best of their talent, demonstrating their sporting muscles.Share on FB Share on TT