I didn’t expect the Toronto bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games would actually win so there’s a fair amount of truth to what appeared in my cartoon the day after they actually did:
The above cartoon was drawn after the one I drew below. I don’t normally do the cross hatching cartoons anymore but it allowed enough time to think of something in case the Canadian bid succeeded over Lima’s or Bogota’s:
The process of bringing the games to southern Ontario has been going on for over a couple years. I wrote about it at the time thinking it sounded like a pretty hair brained idea. The memories of two failed Commonwealth bids was fresh in my memory. The most recent failed bid demonstrated how much of a sham the process had become when Halifax was chosen to represent Canada and later dropped out when they realized they couldn’t afford holding the games. I thought if that was the sort of dubious way of deciding host cities among British commonwealth countries, imagine the hoops a Pan Am bid committee would have go through to please a jury of mostly South American countries. Seems, I was wrong. Let the games begin.