A group of Australian delegates have furthered a potential bid for southeast Queensland to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
The group – lead by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk – included the SEQ Council of Mayors representative and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, the Prime Minister’s representative Mr Ted O’Brien MP and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates AM.
They arrived in Switzerland on Sunday, and met with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) President Thomas Bach overnight.
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It’s understood cost cutting reforms were the focus of discussions, as well as various historic changes, while the Australian delegation then demonstrated how southeast Queensland could potentially host the Olympics in 2032 with a united and collaborative approach.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says the meeting has reinforced the very real prospect a ‘South East Queensland Games’ had become.
“When the Council of Mayors (SEQ) first raised the idea of an Olympic Games in 2015, I think people thought we were dreaming. Now it seems like that dream could soon become a reality.
“The IOC President has always been enthusiastic about our concept for an Olympic Games in South East Queensland, and this meeting was no different. There is a definite interest in seeing what our region could bring to the Olympic Movement.
“President Bach spoke about the journey of change that the IOC has been on, and the significant and positive impact this will have on the cost of hosting the 2032 Games. The IOC has again confirmed its commitment to a cost neutral Games in 2032.
“A clear message from the meeting was the need for all levels of government to work together with industry and the community to make this a success. An Olympic Games is at least five times bigger than the Commonwealth Games so it really requires a team effort.”
Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said it seemed Queensland could deliver considerable benefits for the Games as well.
The Australian delegation will continue to Paris to view preparations for the 2024 Games, without Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, who’s returning home to deal with the bushfire crisis.
It’s understood Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will also be heading home early to support her state.
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