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Toronto won't bid for 2024 Olympic Games

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Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly believes it is not the right time to consider a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. The city's Economic Development Committee voted 5-0 to defer indefinitely a motion to study a formal bid for games.

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Councillors voted 3-2 to explore a bid for the 2025 World Expo. Mr. Kelly wouldn't suggest an appropriate time to bid on the Olympics while talking to reporters at city hall but suggested council should deal with more pressing issues like infrastructure, gridlock and the cleanup from July's flooding and December's ice storm.

"Time is running out. I think these are critical challenges and we must respond and we must involve our provincial and federal counterparts, our partners in this. We don't need an Olympic bid to do that. That just muddies the water," said Mr. Kelly.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong suggests the city should wait, at least until the next term of council. "My understanding from looking at the reports is that I don't think that actually puts us in a difficult position in regards to the Olympics. I've spoken to individuals involved in previous bids; they believe that all the requirements and all the reports and studies that need to be done, could be done in time."

The preliminary report, completed by Ernst & Young, indicates there are several obstacles standing in the way of a successful Expo bid. One major roadblock is that the federal government has already indicated in the past it does not support World Expos as "it believes that World Expos are irrelevant in the modern internet age."

Canada won't be participating in the upcoming Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy and the federal government did not support Edmonton's bid for Expo 2017.

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