In Briefs 07/12/15: Natural pool, Olympic media sites and possible Toronto bid

Pan Ams could bring about Toronto Olympic bid _ _ .Toronto, Canada is hosting the 2015 Pan American Games this week, and if that event goes well, the city could be moving towards a future Olympic bid, according to the event’s organizing committee. GlobalNews.ca reports that David Peterson, the head of Canada’s Pan Am Games organizing committee, hinted at a possible Olympic bid late last week.

“If we do a good job, we’ll have the option of having Olympics; if we don’t do a good job and if the city doesn’t respond, we will not have that option,” David Peterson said in the report, which you can read here.

Toronto would have to get its bid together somewhat quickly to get in on the 2024 Olympics, with the International Olympic committee’s deadline for bids coming in just over two months, on September 15, 2015. Toronto could be looking further into the future, though, perhaps at a 2028 bid.

Boston 2024 bid leaves sports media homeless_ _.Another criticism has surfaced in the much-discussed Boston bid for the 2024 Olympics. The Boston Globe reports that Boston bid organizers are having trouble finding space to put a media center. Among massive stadiums and sporting centers, the media base is one of the most integral parts of the Games, with media from around the world descending on the host city to broadcast, cover and analyze the games in media outlets across the globe. Boston’s original site for the media center was scrapped after the local neighborhood opposed it, and organizers are now struggling to find a new site, which would house somewhere around 20,000 journalists and broadcasters, based on previous Olympic Games.

First naturally-filtered swimming pool opens in Minnesota_ _.A revolutionary new pool opens up this month in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Local Webber Park will open a new outdoor swimming pool that cleans its water via plants, filters and vacuums. The pool will hold 500,000 gallons of water, and is slated to open on July 24th. Pool access will be limited in the early goings, though, as some of the vacuums aren’t working. That means city staff are doing much of the pool’s cleaning by hand until the new vacuums arrive. More from KARE11 News here.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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