guadalajara 2011_logo_17-11-11August 4 - Canada has offered to help Guadalajara organise the 2011 Pan American Games in the hope of boosting its own bid to stage the 2015 event in Toronto.

Ontario's Premier Dalton McGuinty extended the invitation of help to Mario Vázquez Raña, the President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), who have overall control for the event in Mexico.

McGuinty had travelled to Mexico City to meet Vázquez Raña, one of the most influential men in world sport, to discuss Toronto's bid.

He said: "During our meeting, President Vasquez Rana mentioned difficulties being encountered by the 2011 Pan Am Games being held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

"I informed the President that Ontario is ready, willing and able to offer assistance, including helping to plan and provide logistical and organisational help, to ensure the best possible experience for athletes."

Guadalajara, which was chosen as the host city by PASO in 2006, is undergoing a massive renovation project in order to ensure the city is ready to host the Games, which more than 5,000 athletes from 42 countries across America and the Caribbean will be competing at.

With a total budget of $250 million (£147.6 million), COPAG (the Organising Committee for the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011) has a vision of drastically updating both the sporting and non-sporting infrastructure of the city for the Games, which are due to open on October 13 2011.

But the current economic crisis and the sheer scale of the project means that organisers are struggling to keep on schedule.

The re-engineering of the downtown area of the city will include new streets and roads and a number of new hotels, with Guadalajara predicted to have 22,000 hotel rooms by 2011.

The new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Macrobús, was launched in March 2009 due to the city's capture of the games. The Macrobús is designed to give cheap, quick transit around the city for its citizens and the predicted mass influx of tourists during the Games in 2011.

Further infrastructure planned ahead for 2011 includes a second terminal in the city's International Airport, a highway to Puerto Vallarta, and a bypass for southern Guadalajara.

There are already 13 existing venues in Guadalajara that the games will use, including the Jalisco Stadium, UAG 3 de Marzo Stadium, and the UAG Gymnasium.

But the city is planning to introduce a number of new buildings for the sporting games to take place in.

Currently, there are four new sporting venues in the planning stage, seven under construction, and four finished.

The brand new Aquatics Centre, Hockey Field and Weightlifting Arena are included in these.

There are also new operative buildings for the games, including the Pan-American Building in Morelos Park, and the currently under construction Centre for Sports Medicine.

The Ontario offer for help does not mean providing additional funding to Mexico, the Premier said.