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Medals for this summer's Pan Am Games in Toronto to be revealed today

03/03/2015 04:00 EST | Updated 05/02/2015 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Olympian Mark Tewksbury and paralympian Elisabeth Walker-Young will be on hand today in Toronto for the unveiling of the medals for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

About 6,600 athletes from 41 countries will compete in 36 Pan Am sports — including 28 Olympic sports — plus 15 Parapan Am sports.

Canada is fielding its largest-ever Pan Am Games team of 700 athletes, and has set a goal of finishing second in the medals — behind perennial champion U.S. — with 160.

The Pan Ams will run July 10-26, while the Parapan Am Games are Aug. 7-14.

The sale of about 1.4 million tickets is expected to bring in roughly $40 million, with sponsorships and government subsidies helping cover the rest of the Games' $2.5-billion price tag.

Organizers predict the international competition will draw 250,000 visitors from outside Ontario, while the rest will likely be local.

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