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Countdown for the Pan Am Games begins

Staff writers
July 11, 2012 — Toronto celebrated the three year countdown to the Pan Am Games on Tuesday. Organizers hope for weather similar to this summer.

Pan Am Games countdown begins
Pan Am Games countdown begins

The three year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games has officially begun and Torontonians used the opportunity to celebrate on Tuesday.

The ceremony at City Hall featured things like sports demonstrations and performances from Canadian artists.

Ian Troop, chief executive of the To2015 committee, says the games will be one of the biggest events to happen in Canada.

"41 countries, 10,000 athletes and officials. We haven't done anything like this in southern Ontario since the first British Empire Games in Hamilton in 1930. So it's going to be a big, exciting athletic event. We're having festivals on a cultural basis as well, so there's going to be a lot in it for everybody come July 2012," Troop told The Weather Network on Tuesday.

Even though there's still three years left until the event, organizers are already thinking about the weather.

"I was kind of hoping we could save this weather we've had the last two weeks, bottled it and make sure we have it in 2015 as well," laughed Troop.

With files from The Canadian Press

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