by Berhan TV
The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is holding its annual board meeting in Toronto, Canada between October 9th and October 11th. On top of its agenda would be to make a decision on who will host the 33rd soccer tournament among its over 25 city members next summer. Toronto, which last hosted the event 15 years ago in 2000, is a top contender as a potential city host.Toronto Becomes a Strong Contender to Host ESFNA Tournament
Representatives from 31 teams were welcomed to Toronto, by the team members of EthioStar – the successful team cup champions of 2000. Canada’s largest city, recently hosted the just concluded, Pan American Games and attracted 10,000 athletes alone. The Ethiopian tournament that attracts people in upwards of 100,000, brings in millions of dollars to the local economy. In previous years, the reasons to turn down Toronto as host were the fact that, Canada, presented a challenge for American based Ethiopians at the Canadian boarders and that, the federation feared, very few people would be able to attend the event as the result.
The delegation was assured that the Canadian government as well as the local soccer federation will ensure that would not be the case in 2016. With ample stadiums, hotels and human capital and a strong and influential Ethiopian population that is estimated to be around 80,000, it is no wonder Toronto is viewed as an ideal place as host next year.
The delegation toured potential stadiums, venues for the closing ceremony and many were satisfied that Toronto was more than ready to be a host. The local Ethiopian restaurants made a presentation as well as showed great hospitality to the guests. The gathering is to end on Sunday, October 11th, with the decision on who the host would be made, ahead of Canada’s Thanksgivings.
Berhan Tv, Toronto, October 10, 2015