One year from today, Nov. 9, Halifax will learn the outcome of its competition with Glasgow, Scotland and Abuja, Nigeria to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Halifax 2014 CEO Scott Logan said that with twelve months to go, the bid staff and its government partners are staying focused on preparing a winning bid. “We’re focused on delivering a Games that will emphasize sport development in Canada and the Commonwealth,” said Mr. Logan. “As we assemble our bid, we’ve been listening carefully to the information we receive from all of the Commonwealth Games Associations, international sport federations and organizations as well as local and national sport organizations and athletes.” “Nova Scotia is primed and ready to host a sporting event the size and importance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Never before have so many positive factors combined to make this our perfect time: our economy is strong, our population is motivated, our government partners are working together, and our culture is becoming more active and healthy.” “Canada’s government fully supports Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia in their bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The government will be announcing its support for these games in the near future,” said Michael Chong, president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister for Sport. “These prestigious games will not only benefit Halifax, but all of Atlantic Canada. We look forward to working with the 2014 Halifax Bid Society to ensure a successful bid.” Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly believes the Games will provide the province with many additional benefits. “Hosting the Commonwealth Games is a tremendous opportunity to construct new sport facilities and upgrade existing ones, while providing future generations with access to world-class facilities and new programs,” said Mr. Kelly. “The benefits of hosting the Games reach far beyond sporting events and venues, including improvements to roads and public transit, accelerated development of the new high-speed ferry service, and upgrades to many existing sport and non-sport facilities throughout the municipality.” For a complete list of Halifax 2014 milestones, see the Halifax 2014 website at www.2014halifax.com . The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.