AOC backs Queensland Olympic bid study

Posted on 07/08/2019 / Posted by admin / Category 深圳桑拿网

The Australian Olympic Committee has thrown its weight behind a possible Queensland bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games.

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A group of south-east Queensland mayors have launched a study to decide whether Brisbane should bid for the Games.

AOC President John Coates on Friday committed to support the study.

“We look forward to working with you on this project of national and international significance,” Coates said in a letter to the Mayors of South-East Queensland group.

Brisbane and surrounds don’t have to formally register hosting interest, which needs AOC endorsement, until January 2019.

The Mayors of South-East Queensland group in March passed a resolution to explore the potential for a regional bid for the 2028 Games.

Coates advised the group to complete its feasibility study by the end of next year.

And if they wanted to bid, they would then need to secure federal and state government support, and backing from sport and business sectors, in early 2017 before the AOC could consider the bid in the latter half of that year.

Coates said the study should “clearly demonstrate all of the benefits for your region and residents”.

The International Olympic Committee will later this year release a new framework for hosting an Olympic Games and also a Host City Contract for the 2024 Games.

“It will be an important guide for you,” Coates told the mayors in his letter.

“In your study you should recognise the elements for the two different budgets related to the organisation of the Olympic Games: long-term investment in infrastructure and return on such investment on the one hand, and the operational budget on the other.”

The key to minimising the infrastructure budget was to focus on using existing and temporary and demountable venues, while the IOC would contribute around $1.5 billion to the operational budget, Coates said.

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