Intrigue is swirling around the upcoming International Olympic Committee meetings in Copenhagen, as rumours rise about which celebrities and political royalty will attend to lobby for their choice of host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro and Chicago are considered the front-runners while Tokyo and Madrid are hampered by geographical proximity to recent and upcoming Games.
But somewhere in the middle, a delegation from Ontario will be watching for the domino effect the vote could have on their chances to host the 2015 Pan American Games.
Toronto could be an ideal choice for the PanAms if Chicago wins the bid, suggested Richard Pound, one of two Canadians with a vote on the IOC.
“People can come and train and practice and get used to geography and the climate,” he said.
“It’s the same conditions as you would encounter in Chicago and a full year before the Games.”
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will be in Copenhagen, and although his star isn’t as bright as expected attendees’ U.S. President Barack Obama or TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, he’s one part of a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort for Toronto.
Having political clout behind a Games bid is seen as a crucial component for a victory.