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Tue, April 14, 2009
SUMMER GAMES: More than 1,400 athletes, coaches and mission staff will descend on London in July 2010
Many of Canada's top athletes will gather in London next year as the city plays host to the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.
The seven-day event begins July 11, 2010, and will attract more than 1,400 athletes, coaches and staff.
"It's going to be a tremendous event for the city," said John Winston, general manager of Tourism London.
He estimates the games will generate $8 million of economic activity.
"This will be a major economic boost for the community."
Special Olympics Canada announced last week London would host the Games.
"We're very proud to have prepared the successful bid. We think we have the capability to put on an event unsurpassed in previous years," Winston said.
The eight official sports will be held across the city but at the University of Western Ontario, the games will have a special homecoming, said Darwin Semotiuk, a professor in the kinesiology department.
The Special Olympics movement sprang from research done at Western by Frank Hayden.
"This is really significant because London is the birthplace of the Special Olympics and Canada is now seen amongst the leaders internationally," Semotiuk said.