The third attempt to host the Games in Quebec has finally been good for the City of Saguenay, which was preferred to Laval for the winter games of 2013.
Nearly 3000 athletes are expected at the event, whose economic benefits are estimated at approximately $ 8 million.
In Montreal, the announcement of the decision was hailed by members of the nominating committee, including Mayor John Smith. The euphoria was also evident in Saguenay, where a hundred people gathered in a bar to hear the verdict.
Chairman of the Bid Committee, Bernard Noël, is relieved to finally be able to say mission accomplished. "We showed we were determined and persevering, they wanted the Games in Quebec in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean," he says.
For his part, Mayor Jean Tremblay believes that the two previous tests have been beneficial to the cause of his city. "It has improved, both times, we analyzed the mistakes we may have in our records," he says.
I can assure you of one thing, it'll be a fine appointment, it will be a festival where we will be promoting healthy lifestyles.
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President Quebec Sports, Raymond Cote, estimated Saguenay has learned from mistakes during his first two attempts. "It is not enough to say we have the funding, it has the facilities," he said. It takes us the evidence and that's what they showed. Now the machine is gone. "