Swimming Canada applauds Edmonton Games bid

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VICTORIA – Swimming Canada strongly supports the City of Edmonton’s announcement it intends to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Edmonton, which hosted the Games in 1978, made the announcement Monday.

“Our city’s successful history as a great event host city started with the 1978 Commonwealth Games. Hosting the games in 2022 will demonstrate to the world how much Edmonton has evolved and reflect the Commonwealth Games Federation’s confidence in our city,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.

Coincidentally, the Canadian Swimming Trials to select this year’s Commonwealth Games team begin Wednesday in Victoria, where the Games took place 20 years ago. Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi said the organization is behind the bid all the way.

“We were very excited to hear the news of the bid,” El-Awadi said. “Edmontonians have been fabulous hosts to people from around the world in various events and this will be another example of how the City of Edmonton will shine once again worldwide. We are supportive and thrilled!”

Glasgow, Scotland plays host to this year’s Games from July 23 to Aug. 3. Up to 30 swimmers will be nominated to Canada’s Commonwealth Games team based on their performances at this week’s Trials, which run through Saturday. The meet also serves as a selection event for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, as well as multiple junior teams.

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