If a local bid committee is successful in bringing the 2015 Universiade Games back into Alberta’s capital this week, it will be backed with a large amount of cash from Ottawa, announced the federal government yesterday.
The federal government will kick in up to $191 million that will be spent on sport infrastructure, legacy initiatives and cover operating costs when it comes to hosting the games, said Federal State Minister Gary Lunn in a release.
“If Edmonton wins the right to host the 2015 Summer Universiade, it will provide an immediate economic stimulus and create thousands of jobs,” said committee president Eric Newell in a press release.
“We certainly would not have been able to develop a bid thus far without strong support from the federal government and all of our partners and we are very pleased with the announcement.”
Both Lunn and Newell are in Brussels with delegates from the University of Alberta, the provincial government and the city this week awaiting a final decision from the International Sport Federation — the group that will ultimately select the 2015 host city.
The decision will be made on Saturday.
Edmonton is up against Gwangju, South Korea and Taipei City, Chinese Taipei for the bid to host the games. The last time a North American city hosted the games, it was Edmonton in 1983.