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Kamloops to host Canada 55-plus games in 2020

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August 21, 2018 - 10:12 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Tournament Capital beat Calgary, Whitehorse and Fort McMurray in the bid to host the 2020 Canada 55-plus games.

Kamloops will see approximately 2,500 participants over four days competing in various sports, according to a City of Kamloops media release.

"We’re so honoured to host Canada for this event. Sport tourism has become a major economic generator for the city since the inception of the Tournament Capital Program,” Mayor Ken Christian says in the release. 

The mayor adds the city will benefit from an estimated $2 million economic impact from the four-day event.

The announcement Kamloops had won the bid was made today, Aug. 21, at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 games in Saint John, New Brunswick, the city says.

"We have never been to British Columbia," president of the Canadian Senior Games Association Robert MacLeod says. "Being on the east coast, all of our members are extremely pleased about that and we are looking forward to seeing the beautiful city of Kamloops."

The proposed dates for the event are Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2020.

The next steps for the bid committee include building a board with key volunteers. Those interested in applying can call the Kamloops Sports Council at 250-828-3822.


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