Gold Coast keen to host Games twice

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast is pre­pared to host back-to-back Com­mon­wealth Games, the city’s mayor said yes­ter­day, af­ter sched­uled 2022 host Dur­ban was dumped for fail­ing to meet “key obli­ga­tions.”

Mayor Tom Tate stopped short of nom­i­nat­ing the east coast tourist hotspot as a 2022 re­place­ment but said if called upon to do so the Games could be held there again given it ex­pected a well-ex­e­cuted 2018 event.

“Un­til you’re asked to come to the party I don’t put up our hand to go pick me, pick me, sort of thing,” he told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

“We’re not in the run­ning, but if they want to get us off the bench we’ll be there.

“We can do it in 2018 and we’ll do it very, very well and if you do it once you can do it again.”

Tate added, how­ever, that in the “Com­mon­wealth Games spirit” an­other city should get the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit as host. So far only Liver­pool, in north­west Eng­land, has thrown its hat in the ring for 2022.

Com­mon­wealth Games chiefs said on Mon­day they were seek­ing a new venue af­ter Dur­ban failed to meet “key obli­ga­tions.”

A dis­ap­pointed South African gov­ern­ment — which has pro­moted the coun­try as a des­ti­na­tion for ma­jor events — said it was un­able to reach an agree­ment with the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion over costs. AFP

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