Outbreak delays GTA PanAm bid – Metro US

Outbreak delays GTA PanAm bid

Toronto’s PanAm bid officials are still waiting to submit their final proposal to host the 2015 games — as the bidding process has been delayed by the outbreak of influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, in Mexico.

The bid book, which outlines specific plans for the games, including venues, transportation and housing details, was originally supposed to be hand-delivered to Mario Vazquez Rana, the influential president of the Pan American Sports Organization, in late April.

But bid chair David Peterson and Canadian Olympic Committee president and CEO Michael Chambers cancelled their trip to Mexico City when the April 30 bid deadline was put off, and Mexico suspended public events and ordered residents to stay home to contain the flu virus.

Peterson said no date has been set for them to make a formal presentation to Vazquez Rana, but the bid book is printed and ready.