POSTED: September 15th 2015

Updated: Toronto bows out of 2024 Olympic race but leaves the door open

Toronto and the surrounding communities hosted the Pan Am Games this summer / Bigstock
Toronto and the surrounding communities hosted the Pan Am Games this summer / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Toronto Mayor John Tory has confirmed the suspected and announced that Toronto will not be throwing the hat in the 2024 race, but they will be interested in hosting big events in the future. Not this time but maybe next time, in other words.

Toronto just hosted the successful Pan Am Games this past summer and it fueled the fire for a possible Olympic bid. The Mayor had been in discussions with stake holders, politicians, sports officials and those that would be involved with a potential bid.

The CBC reports that Mayor Tory met the press at Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall, and said, "I believe that Toronto will be a great venue for the Olympics, but not in 2024.

"Time was against us in building the kind of support you have to have from the community in order for this to work."

Tory said in a statement: "I want to start by making one thing perfectly clear: Toronto can be an Olympic city. We are already a world class city.

The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games proved our ability to host a major international sporting event and I think that's a credit to the people of Toronto showcasing our diversity and the way we live together, which is a model for the rest of the world.

I have no doubt, the Olympic Games is a significant opportunity that would put the eyes of the world on Toronto. I love this city and I want nothing more than to show the world our spirit, our people, our strength and our values.

And I believe that one day, Toronto will be a great venue for the Olympic Games. But not in 2024.

Again, let me be clear: I am not saying no to the Olympics. I am saying "not this time."

Marcel Aubut, president of Canadian Olympic Committee, released a statement immediately following Tory's announcement, "We remain optimistic Toronto could and should host the Olympic Games in the future."

The city last bid for the Games for 1996 and 2008 and he also didn't feel like there was a good opportunity to join a race that already had the likes of Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Budapest, and Hamburg that have organized bids for months. The only other late entry was Los Angeles, who was the second pick after the US Olympic Committee dropped Boston, however in a week's time they seem to have hit the ground running.

Today is the deadline for cities to submit applications and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the outcome of the exact contestants in the morning Lausanne time. 

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