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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Sudbury examines Canada Summer Games bid
by Randy Pascal

Preliminary talks have been held locally aimed towards having the City of Greater Sudbury prepare a bid on the 2021 Canada Summer Games, scheduled to be held in Ontario.

While there remains a great deal of groundwork to be done, including ensuring that all facets of the bid requirements are in order, there was a tangible excitement in the room at Tom Davies Square on Friday, as city staff, a wide variety of leading sports administrators, and other key partners gathered to gauge community interest.

There is no denying the litany of potential benefits that come part and parcel of Sudbury taking center stage on a national amateur sports competition which has historically rivaled the financial sports tourism impact of the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Throw in a legacy component that has seen anywhere from $15 million to $19 million dollars invested in sports-related infrastructure, by various levels of government, in the host city, and the opportunity to showcase an area that still deals with well-aged stereotypes, and one can see why many movers and shakers within the Sudbury sports scene will be looking to galvanize the support of a sports community that often looks all too wistfully at very impressive venues, springing up everywhere else in the province.

Other municipalities and regions that have either indicated their intention to bid, or are considering same, include Ottawa, Cambridge/Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph, and Niagara Falls/St Catharines, though others could still enter the race.

Potential host cities have until May 20th to submit a Letter of Intent, with final bid packages due in January of 2017, and a final decision to be made in terms of a site by the spring of 2017.

The Canada Summer Games, which traditionally run some time between the end of July and mid-August, involve more than 4000 athletes and officials competing in a total of 17 sports, with some 6000 or so volunteers required to pull off the two-week long competition.

In terms of caliber of athlete that Sudburians would witness competing, recent Olympic Games have cited in excess of 40% of all Canadian Olympic athletes that were capable of drawing on Canada Games experience prior to reaching the pinnacle of amateur sport competition.

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