Ki­wis in no rush to host the Games

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

NEW Zealand Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern has ruled out her coun­try bid­ding to host the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Ms Ardern, who is en route to Europe and the UK, is on the Gold Coast for her firstever Com­mon­wealth Games.

Yes­ter­day she caught up with Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at the Rugby Sevens.

She said a pos­si­ble bid by New Zealand to host the event had been raised with her since she ar­rived on the Coast.

“Some­thing of that scale (the Games) we don’t have a bid in but we are re­fresh­ing our ma­jor events look and strat­egy, and that’s some­thing ob­vi­ously that will prob­a­bly be raised along the way, but at the mo­ment, it’s not cur­rently on the ta­ble.”

Ms Ardern, who was in the crowd to cheer New Zealand to vic­tory over Aus­tralia in the gold medal women’s hockey show­down, said she was de­lighted to watch the Kiwi hockey team take gold.

“The at­mos­phere is a real stand­out,” she said. “Par­ticu- larly re­flect­ing on the ath­let­ics last night and the hockey to­day – and the Rugby Sevens.

“The amount of sup­port from Ki­wis here – phe­nom­e­nal. And you can see the ath­letes are re­ally buoyed by that.”

Ms Ardern, who is preg­nant with her first child, saw Kiwi Dame Va­lerie Adams – mother of a six-month-old baby – claim s sil­ver in the women’s shot­put a at Car­rara Sta­dium on Fri­day.

“I’m a bit wor­ried that Dame Va­lerie has set the bar a lit­tle bit too high in terms of just how ex­cep­tional she has been as an ath­lete and her re­cov­ery post hav­ing a child,” Ms Ardern said.

“She was some­one who I think makes us all proud.”

POWER PAIR: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ard Ardern with ith P Premier i An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at Robina for the rugby yes­ter­day.

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