Toronto councillors have decided against bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games, in favour of hosting the 2025 World Expo.
Members of the city’s economic development committee voted to move forward with plans for an Expo 2025 bid, but not to continue studying the feasibility of an Olympic bid.
Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly have spoken against both bids, with Ford saying Toronto should wait until it has hosted the 2015 Pan American Games before deciding if it wants to host future events.
“If we got it, it would be billions of dollars,” he said on Monday, according to the Toronto Sun newspaper. “We’re not ready for it, let’s concentrate on the Pan Am Games. Expo? That’s not on the cards right now.”
Legislative Assembly of Ontario member Rod Jackson added: “We already know that a lot of the Pan Am infrastructure that billions of dollars is being spent on isn’t going to be appropriate or adequate for any Olympic bid. So we’re talking about a whole other bid that’s going to cost lots more money than that Pan Am Games are going to cost.”
Toronto was one of the cities that bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, which were awarded to Beijing.