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SBD Global/June 11, 2012/Olympics

Toronto Looking Toward 2024 Games, London Mayor Approves

Toronto is "mulling another Olympic bid," according to Kelly Grant of THE GLOBE AND MAIL. The city council has voted to ask for a staff report on pursuing the 2024 Summer Games after Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, also a "member of the mayor's inner circle, tacked the last-minute request onto a motion to explore a bid" for the 2025 World Expo. Although Mayor Rob Ford's "lukewarm response sunk a nascent bid" for the 2020 Games, Minnan-Wong said that the mayor is "open to hearing the pros and cons of chasing" the 2024 Games. This would mark Toronto's "third shot at its Olympic dream" since losing the 1996 Games to Atlanta (THE GLOBE AND MAIL, 6/8). The CANADIAN PRESS' Colin Perkel noted that the decision to consider bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics "was given a solid thumbs" from London Mayor Boris Johnson, whose city will host the Summer Games next month. Johnson: "Go for it, Toronto. You won't regret it if you get it" (CP, 6/10).
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