September 17 - Toronto, host of the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, has been named as the venue for next month's Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) General Assembly, at which the host city for the 2019 Games will be revealed.
More than 350 officials and delegates from the 41 National Olympic Committees (NOC) of PASO, including international sports federations and members of Rio 2016 will attend the event on October 8-11 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel located next to Lake Ontario.
The undoubted highlight of the General Assembly will be the announcement of the host city of the 2019 Games by PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña on the Friday afternoon (October 11) following the presentations from the four bid cities in the morning.
The cities that will be hoping to persuade PASO members of their readiness to stage the event are La Punta in Argentina, Chile's capital Santiago, Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela and Lima, the capital city of Peru.
La Punta will be looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Argentine cities, such as Buenos Aires which hosted the very first Pan American Games in 1951, Mar del Plata which staged the event in 1995 and Las Leñas in 1990, where the sole Winter Games were held.
Venezuelan capital Caracas staged the 1983 Games, while the event has never been held in Chile or Peru.
Toronto 2015 will also provide a progress update to delegates before presentations from the organising committees of future Games will take place.
It is less than two years to go until Toronto 2015 gets underway on July 10, and will see around 6,000 athletes from 41 countries competing in 36 sports, across both the Pan American and Parapan American Games.
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