There wasn't much time for sightseeing in Moscow for Toronto's
team of Olympic pursuers.
From athletes in the lobby of the elegant hotel occupied
by members of the International Olympic Committee, to high-profile politicians
constantly bending the ears of IOC members, the seekers pulled
out all the stops in the final days to try
to win the 2008 games for Toronto.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien even got into the act as
he flew into the Russian capital on an Airbus carrying
more Canadian athletes to bolster efforts to show IOC members
Toronto's bid was athlete- and people-friendly. Not unlike a baseball
manager going to his bullpen in the final innings to
save the game.
The official tally of Canadians who have lobbied and cajoled
IOC members in Moscow topped 200, including Heritage Minister Sheila
Copps, Hamilton Mountain MP Beth Phinney and Ontario Premier Mike
"We can't possibly go home and say there's more we
could have done," athlete Larry Cain told The Spectator last
night in a phone interview from the elegant Moscow Marriott
"There's a real sense of unity and common purpose amongst
everybody," said the Oakville resident, who won gold and silver
medals for canoeing at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
Beijing, considered the favourite, is seeking the games along with
Paris, Osaka and Istanbul. Source.