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City to make Canada Games announcement Thursday

The city will hold a press conference tomorrow regarding Brandon's bid for the 2017 Canada Games at Brandon City Hall tomorrow afternoon.

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and bid chairman Jeff Cristall will be there to answer questions from the media release that will be handed out at that time.

The bid evaluation committee was to have submitted its report to the Canada Games Council board in early December. 

As the Sun previously reported, the city's bid hit a potential snag last year regarding Brandon's swimming facilities. The Sportsplex has a six-lane pool, but Swim Canada requires events to be held in an eight-lane pool.

If the Sportsplex pool is not deemed acceptable, options include moving all swimming events to Winnipeg, constructing a new pool, renovating the Sportspex pool to increase the pool size or renting an eight-lane pool and building a temporary venue in the city.

The press conference is supposed to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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