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October 8, 2013
City of Toronto welcomes PASO General Assembly
From October 8 to 11, the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) will hold its General Assembly in the City of Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Toronto, a first-time host for this PASO event, is honoured to welcome the top officials from international sport federations and National Olympic Committees from 41 countries.

The General Assembly will include heads of state, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), leaders of the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee and many other delegates. They are gathering for a comprehensive update from the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) and to elect and announce the Host City for the 2019 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, amongst other routine business.

"As the Host City of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and on behalf of Toronto City Council, I welcome all of the officials attending the General Assembly," said Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Toronto's Games Champion. "Our Games are less than two years away and our city is quickly filling with excitement. I'm confident Toronto's hospitality, diversity and enthusiasm for international sport will become evident to the delegates during their stay."

The four-day event will feature many media opportunities including a media tour of the Athletes' Village on October 9. All PASO General Assembly sessions are open to accredited media. Interested outlets are asked to register in advance by emailing or in person at the media desk with valid photo ID and media credentials. Further details about the meeting, including a detailed agenda, are available at

About the TORONTO 2015 Games
As Host City to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Toronto is preparing to welcome 10,000+ athletes, coaches, team members, sponsors and officials from 41 countries and up to 250,000 visitors to the city and surrounding area. Training and competition venues for the 51 sports to be featured will be located in 15 municipalities across southern Ontario. The Pan Am Games (July 10 to 26, 2015) and the Parapan Am Games (August 7 to 14, 2015) will be the largest international multisport games ever held in Canada.

Follow the City of Toronto on Twitter @TorontoComms and join the conversation about the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games with the #HostCity2015 hashtag.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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