Mayor wants council to approve 2 more sporting events

Windsor city council has to decide Monday night whether the city should host two major sporting events.

FINA Diving World Series, Ontario Summer Games courted by Mayor Eddie Francis

Windsor city council has to decide Monday night whether the city should host two major sporting events.

Council will decide whether to submit a bid to host the FINA Diving World Series.

The event would happen at the new downtown aquatic centre, and it could end up running four consecutive years in Windsor.

Mayor Eddie Francis is recommending that council approve hosting the series.

The total cost is more than $1 million.

"The money will come from the city's budget. Many people in the city are well aware that we've been able to host events without increasing taxes. This will not increase your property taxes," Francis said.

Diving Canada has agreed to pick up any shortfalls.

Penny Joyce, the chief operating officer of Diving Canada, said the diving series has never been held in Canada or the U.S.

"It's usually held in Europe, China and Russia..and Mexico. So Mexico has been the only North American stopover. FINA would like to see two stopovers in North America," she said.

Council is also being asked to approve hosting the Ontario Summer Games next year.

The event is described as the provincial showcase for amateur sport for youth.

That one consist of $2.4-million operating budget, which would be partially offset by grants, including an $800,000 grant from the Ontario Sports Alliance.

If council approves, the mayor said he will ask county council for a financial contribution.

There would be more than 20 events in team and individual categories held over four days.

It's expected to attract up to 3,500 athletes, coaches, managers and officials.

Francis said some of the sporting events would be held in the county.

The economic impact is estimated to be around $4 million.


  • A previous version of this story said the city would spend $2.4 million for the Ontario Summer Games. In fact, the Ontario Summer Games would have an operating budget of $2.4 million, offset by grants.
    Oct 07, 2013 10:45 AM ET


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