QUEENSLAND’s bid to secure the 2032 Olympics is back on track after being put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis.
Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk held meetings with Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates on Monday morning about restarting the official bid process.
“Today was very significant in that we were able to discuss getting our Olympics Taskforce back together in the New Year to look at the next stages that we have to go through,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.
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The Premier said her government would not make any formal commitment regarding funding until after the Tokyo Games, which are still scheduled to be held from July 23, 2021.
“We will now send a letter to (IOC President) Thomas Bach, asking for an update about the progress of the Tokyo Olympics,” the Premier said.
“It’s very important, from a Queensland point of view, that we get to see what happens with the Tokyo Olympics in the post-COVID world.”
Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates confirmed he will be holding meetings with International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach.
“We are in continuous dialogue but so are four or five other cities,” Mr Coates said.
Jakarta, India, the Netherlands and Germany are all believed to be putting bids together.
“The IOC is meeting each night this week, I’ll go back for a meeting starting at 10pm tonight,” Mr Coates said.
“Usually at our executive board meetings, the question of future bids is on the agenda .. and we’ll see where the IOC sits.
“It is important, just as well as the Prime Minister affirming his continuing support, what the Premier has indicated today, her desire to move to further discussions with a view to what they call targeted dialogue. That will be reported.
“We will see then what timeline the I owe see wants to set for that,” Coates said.
Premier hopes she will be able to discuss the matter briefly with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of National Cabinet.