December 15, 2005
Media Release


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today offers congratulations and support to Halifax after they were selected to represent Canada internationally in the race to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The domestic candidate was announced today in Toronto by Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC).
The cities vying for the Games were York Region, Ottawa, Hamilton and Halifax. 
“Being selected to represent Canada is an honour and a privilege and we wish Halifax all the best,” said Bill Crothers, Chairman, York 2014 Bid Committee.  “I applaud the team from Halifax for their extraordinary work and highly competitive bid.  York Region encourages everyone across the country to cheer them on as they prepare to take on the international competition.”
Halifax will now be competing against Glasgow, Scotland and Nigeria for the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The winner will be announced by the London-based Commonwealth Games Federation at its general assembly in Sri Lanka in fall 2007.
“On behalf of York Regional Council, I want to thank our Bid Committee, our volunteers and our community for the hard work and ongoing support during the domestic bid phase.  We were very competitive” said Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO of the Regional Municipality of York.  “This has been a tremendous learning experience and York Region will be well positioned to bid on future international sporting events and competitions.”
Commonwealth Games Canada is a not-for-profit multi-sport organization.  Since 1930, CGC has been strengthening sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a tool for development.  More than 70 nations and territories from every continent (except Antarctica) compete in the Games.
The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held in Melbourne, Australia in March 2006, and the XIX Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi, India in 2010.  Manchester, England was the last city to hold the Games in 2002.
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