Bris­bane ‘ a safe bet’ for 2032

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA has a rare golden op­por­tu­nity to host the Olympics for a third time if it goes ahead with a pro­posed bid to stage the 2032 Games, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee ( AOC) pres­i­dent John Coates.

South East Queens­land is con­duct­ing a fea­si­bil­ity study into whether to pro­ceed with a Bris­bane- based bid and Coates says the tim­ing could be per­fect if the bid pro­ceeds.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve got a great rep­u­ta­tion within the IOC ( In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee),” he said.

“We’ve got a very good track record and every­one loved com­ing to both Mel­bourne and Sydney.”

Al­though the IOC has im­ple­mented new rules dra­mat­i­cally slash­ing the op­er­a­tional costs of stag­ing the Olympics, it is still strug­gling to at­tract can­di­dates af­ter the trou­bled 2016 Rio Olympics.

The IOC has al­ready shown its hand for want­ing to pick host cities it can rely on by chang­ing its own rules to award the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los An­ge­les af­ter they were the only can­di­dates for 2024, which makes an Aus­tralian bid for 2032 al­most ir­re­sistible.

“We’re an ab­so­lute no- risk ( choice),” Coates said.

The 2032 Olympics de­ci­sion won’t be made un­til 2025.

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