Brisbane needs more support if it wants to host Olympics

If Brisbane wants the Olympics, it needs early support from all levels of government
If Brisbane wants the Olympics, it needs early support from all levels of government Patrick MacQueen

SECURING early support for Brisbane's potential Olympic Games bid from state and federal governments will be critical to the city having any chance of hosting the event, experts say.

While Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Thursday was championing the city and south-east Queensland as an ideal host for the 2028 games, the Labor state and Coalition federal governments could only offer lukewarm support.

Labor's Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad said an Olympic bid was "good in theory", but Cyclone Marcia recovery efforts and the 2018 Commonwealth Games were the priorities.

Federal Sport Minister Sussan Ley said the decision to endorse a city's bid would be left to the Australian Olympic Committee.

"It's great to see world-class cities like Brisbane looking to promote Australia internationally and we'll wait and see if there's a realistic bid put forward," she said.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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