2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee

October 28, 2005 13:05 ET

Ottawa City Council Backs 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - City Council endorsed a bid for Ottawa to become the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Ottawa 2014 Bid Committee, headed by Co-Chairs Abby Hoffman, four-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, former Director General of Sport Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada, and John Kelly, Chairman of NexInnovations and principal at Reid-Eddison Inc., made its presentation today to Ottawa City Council. The presentation detailed the benefits to the community that would accrue from the event, the next steps in the bid process, and the financial commitments required to launch Ottawa's bid.

"We thank Council for their support of this important initiative," says Ms. Hoffman. "Direct exposure to international events of this calibre motivate aspiring athletes and citizens of all ages to participate in sport. The legacy of sport facilities will create new opportunities for both recreational and high performance athletes."

The Committee was granted $75 million of support between now and 2014 from the City of Ottawa to add to substantial contributions that will be required from the federal and provincial governments, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and corporate sponsors.

"Ottawa is a natural choice for hosting a high-profile event like the Commonwealth Games," added Mr. Kelly. "It will showcase the city's many attractions to people around the world, as well as add a significant boost to the local economy."

The Bid Committee is a community-wide initiative. In addition to the two Co-Chairs, other Committee members include Cyril Leeder, Chief Operating Officer of the Ottawa Senators and Corel Centre; Gilles Patry, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa; David Atkinson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University; and a number of other prominent members of the Ottawa business and sport communities.

The Commonwealth Games would bring over 6,000 athletes, coaches and team officials from 71 countries to Ottawa during the 2014 summer event, along with thousands of tourists and media from around the world. Preparations for hosting the Games will include building or enhancing world-class sporting facilities, which would remain in the community to benefit residents long after the Games are over. Other host cities have experienced significant and sustained economic benefits to local businesses, the city's tourism and hospitality industries, and the community at large.

The first stage of the bidding process is a domestic competition with Halifax, Hamilton and the Regional Municipality of York to determine which city will represent Canada in the international site selection process. The domestic bid must be submitted to Commonwealth Games Canada by November 1, 2005, and a decision will be announced on December 15, 2005 in Toronto.

If Ottawa is selected as the Canadian bid city, it will then compete with Scotland and Nigeria in the international bid phase for the right to host the 2014 Games. Canada has hosted the Commonwealth Games four times since its inception in 1930 (Hamilton, 1930; Vancouver, 1954; Edmonton, 1978; Victoria, 1994). The international Commonwealth Games Federation is expected to announce the location for the 2014 games in October 2007.

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  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee
    Abby Hoffman
    2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee
    John Kelly