Place Of Meeting
October 25, 2000
is a Huron Indian word meaning “a place of meeting”. Toronto’s
2008 Olympic bid motto is appropriately “Expect The World”.
Should Toronto win the 2008 Summer Olympic bid it will
“expect the world” in Toronto, a “place of meeting”.
three levels of government, (federal, provincial and municipal)
committed $1.5 billion to revitalize the city’s waterfront where
many of the Olympic venues will be located, supporters of
Toronto’s 2008 bid were able to breathe a little easier. The
city’s failed 1996 bid was not fully supported by all three
governments. The bid’s President and Chief Executive Officer John Bitove
said, “I don’t believe anything of this magnitude has ever been
undertaken by a Candidate City”.
primary focus of Toronto’s bid is “Sport and Athletes: together
with the promotion of Olympic ideals and values”.
If the city is awarded the Games, all the athletes will be
accommodated in a single Olympic Village located on the waterfront
within walking distance of the Olympic stadium.
Twenty-five sports with competition venues will be within 0.5
to six kilometres of the Olympic Village.
There will be an Olympic Village Island that includes private
and secure recreation facilities on premier beaches and waterfront
parks. A Media Village
will be located within one kilometre of the Olympic Stadium, the
International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre.
And visitors to the Games will be accommodated in more than
72,800 hotel rooms within one hour of the Olympic Village and all of
the sport venues.
Olympic bid committee says that Toronto’s 2008 Games would have
one of the most advanced telecommunications infrastructures in the
world, comprised of state-of-the-art digital, wire-line, wireless
and broadcast networks.
area will be divided into Olympic Rings East, Central and West and
the rings will be linked by a continuous Olympic Waterfront
Promenade creating an international stage for the Games’ cultural
Promenade will be reserved for pedestrians, the Olympic family and
spectator shuttle-bus transportation.
than 100 training facilities will be located within 30 minutes of
the Olympic Village.
the Games, the facilities would contribute to a strengthened
nation-wide sport and recreation infrastructure at the community
Acclimatization Centres would be established across Canada to host
foreign teams and individual competitors for a period of time prior
to the commencement of the Games in Toronto.
bid has a strong environmental policy that includes guiding
principles to which the bid is committed. Principles
that ensure issues such as transportation, energy and waste were all
considered in the planning process.
Toronto’s bid committee wants to create the healthiest
conditions possible for athletes, visitors and residents by
promoting the restoration and maintenance of clean air, land and
water; ensuring safe, healthy indoor environments; using non-toxic
materials and minimizing pollution.
bid wants to preserve and restore existing greenspace and sensitive
habitats, regenerate the waterfront with new green infrastructure
and minimize impacts to Toronto’s residents and neighbourhoods.
And there are plans to use renewable energy and materials
while reducing, reusing and recycling energy, water and materials.
bid is committed to creating barrier-free accessible conditions for
athletes and spectators by ensuring all buildings and sites are
barrier-free, including venues and facilities, training sites, the
Olympic and Paralympic Village, designated accommodations, food
service areas, and media sites.
for the Paralympics, a Paralympic Working Group and Planning
Committee has been established as a sub-committee of the Sports
& Venues Committee. Sixteen of the 18 Paralympic sport venues are located within
six kilometres of the Paralympic Village and two sports, archery and
goalball, will be located within 30 minutes (40 km) of the
Toronto becomes the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the
city will be ready to “Expect The World” in Toronto, a “place