Mayor Pat Fiacco working long days in London
Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco is pretty busy right now, but not because of a potential new stadium or other city council business.
He's in London working as a delegate for boxing, a job that is keeping him very busy.
"My day starts at six in the morning and ends at two in the morning," said Fiacco.
What does he do exactly? Well, his title is the deputy technical delegate for boxing, but every day he's there as the boxers weigh in every morning at the athletes village, and then he's at the arena the rest of the day as the actual fights happen.
"The competition has been absolutely incredible," said Fiacco. "Very close bouts, first class quality competition."
It seems to be paying off for organizers too, as the arena has been packed with roughly 10,000 fans every day. Fiacco has also heard that television ratings are higher than they've ever been for boxing. Part of that can be attributed to the rich boxing history in England.
"They love the sport," said Fiacco. "But we have a very international audience in the stands. I think what they do is appreciate the effort and talent these athletes are providing."
It's been a good start for the Canadians too, as Canadian Custio Clayton won his first match of the games. That's a first for Canada in eight years.
"As the president of Boxing Canada wearing a different hat, I'm very pleased with that," said Fiacco.
Fiacco feels that Clayton's win has really set a good mood among the Canadian boxers, and will hopefully help some of the others to pick up some wins too.
Another hat that Fiacco wears is of course that of the Mayor of Regina. So he certainly noticed when London Mayor Boris Johnson was stuck on a zip line.
"You know what, good for him for being on the zip line," said Fiacco. "It's not too often you hear of a mayor on a zip line."
Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.