Preparations continue for the city of Peterborough to host the 55+ Ontario Summer Olympics this August – an event that has been postponed for two years due to COVID-19 Disease.
In February 2019, the city was originally scheduled to host the Olympics in August 2020. However, the pandemic forced it to be postponed to 2021. But then in June 2021, Lisa MacLeodThe minister for the heritage industries, sport and tourism and culture, said the Olympics would not go ahead in August 2021 and the city was selected to try to host in 2022.
The city in July 2021 said it was committed to hosting the Olympics when possible.
On Thursday, Peterborough — Kawartha MPP Dave Smith reaffirms province announced a pledge of $235,000 previously in support of the Games, which will run from August 9-11. The event is expected to draw up to 1,400 participants to city and Peterborough County venues to compete in events Events as diverse as bidding, contract and basketball, cycling, lawn bowling, golf, handball, pitching, swimming and tennis.
“We are delighted to support the 2022 Ontario Summer Olympics 55+ in Peterborough with a $235,000 investment. This event will bring people, their families and fans from across Ontario to Peterborough, support local businesses and support our community’s economic recovery,” said MPP Dave Smith. “I look forward to continuing the work to ensure this event is a huge success for the Peterborough area.”
MacLeod in a statement said she is pleased to once again work with the Games organizers to bring the event to the region.
“The Olympics are an important contribution to the well-being of the Peterborough community and the province, as well as Ontario dealing with the impacts of COVID-19,” she said. “It is important that we invest and support our local communities in the short and long term.”
The city has committed $175,000 to help organize the Olympics, which Mayor Diane Therrien says will be an opportunity for people to reconnect and showcase the area.
“We will showcase our area, facilities and people,” said Therrien. “There is a lot of planning and preparation for this exciting opportunity. We look forward to working with our community partners to bring all of this together. ”
City of Con. Lesley Parnell, portfolio president of arenas, parks and recreation, said the Olympics will promote physical and mental health.
“Never before has social interaction and fun been more important to our citizens,” she said. “The Ontario Summer Olympics +55 will not only be fun, but essential to our mental and emotional health post-COVID. Get out and play safely. ”
Peterborough County Superintendent J. Murray Jones says the area has a history of hosting successful sporting events.
“Peterborough County is absolutely delighted to hear that this amazing event is coming to the Peterborough area,” he said. “On more than one occasion, we have proven that we have the people and attitude to make these events a huge success. It reminds me of the 1980 and 1986 Ontario Summer Olympics which included regional participation. So show Ontario that the Peterborough area has what it takes. ”
The province said further funding will be raised through fundraising, grants and fees.
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