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Canadian Heritage

May 23, 2009 15:16 ET

Government of Canada Thanks Edmonton Bid Committee for Presenting a Strong Bid for the 2015 World University Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2009) - The Government of Canada appreciates the hard work of the Edmonton Bid Committee to bring the Games back to Canada.

The winning bid city was announced earlier today in Brussels, Belgium, by the International University Sports Federation. Gwangju, South Korea, which was competing against Edmonton and Taipei, Taiwan, was selected to host the Games.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the Edmonton Bid Committee and everyone involved for their hard work in preparing Edmonton's bid," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "I would also like to congratulate Gwangju on being selected as the host city of the 2015 Summer World University Games. We wish them success as they prepare to welcome this world-class event."

"Although we are disappointed, we know we did the best we could to bring the Universiade back to Edmonton. We want to thank all our supporters back in Edmonton," said Eric P. Newell, President of the Canadian 2015 Summer Universiade Bid Committee. "We didn't win the bid, but it certainly wasn't because of lack of support back home. Universiade or not, I'm proud of all of the hard-working, decent, and caring people who live in Edmonton. It's still a great place to live, now and as far as I can see in the future."

"All of us are proud of the dedication and commitment of the bid committee, and while we are all disappointed that the Games were not awarded to Edmonton, we congratulate everyone involved for their efforts," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Spruce Grove).

The Summer World University Games is an international sporting and cultural festival that is staged every two years. The Games are open to all student-athletes aged 17 to 28.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations