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  1. Queensland Olympics bid to drive post-COVID-19 recovery: AOC Credit: Brisbane Times https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/queensland-olympics-bid-to-drive-post-covid-19-recovery-aoc-20200526-p54wkf.html By Gregg Baum May 26, 2020 — 2.53pm Far from dampen Queensland’s 2032 Olympics bid, the coronavirus crisis can work in its favour as well as acting as driver of recovery for the state, the Australian Olympic Committee says. AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Queensland already has the edge on less advanced bids from Indonesia, India, Germany, Spain and, jointly, North and South Korea. “Queensland is ahead of the game. They can move very quickly,” Carroll said. “They’re already well down the track of master planning for the Games. “The state government already has given the green light to pursue it. The other cities are talking about it, but they haven’t started their candidatures. Whether they do after this crisis, the IOC can make a decision by 2022. They’re no longer bound to (make a decision) seven years before a Games.” The AOC and the Queensland government have put the bid on hold while the country negotiates a path through the crisis. Meantime, maverick north Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter has labelled it a waste of money and resources at the worst time "If it was a stupid idea to sink billions into a Brisbane Olympic games before COVID-19, then it is infinitely more stupid now," Katter said. But Carroll maintains that under new, slimline International Olympic Committee protocols, the Games themselves will be cost-neutral to Australia. Meantime, there would be a decade of new opportunities. “On the other side of the crisis, we think the candidature has a role to play,” Carroll said. “There’s a 10-year runway. There’s the other major events that a thing like the Olympic Games will start to attract to Australia.” Already locked in the women’s basketball world championships in Sydney and the world road cycling championships in Wollongong, both in 2022. Beyond, there’s the possibility of the women’s soccer World Cup in 2023 and the men’s rugby World Cup in 2027. Australia have made bids for both. “The Olympic Games is the icing on the cake in the end,” Carroll said. Carroll said there would be immediate work in planning and tourism, and nearer to the time work in businesses providing services to the Games as well as at the Olympics themselves. Typically, he said, the host broadcaster employed 10,000 local people to produce the Olympics coverage. These would be spread across the state. “If you think about it a different way, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional benefits and drivers are actually an incentive towards hosting the Games,” Carroll said. “And hosting the Games is getting cheaper each time. The IOC is simplifying the Games.” Host cities are now encouraged to use existing and temporary venues, smaller than previously. “The IOC now says, if you don’t need it in the future, don’t build it,” Carroll said. “Just do a temporary facility. You’ll see it in Tokyo [next year] and certainly in Paris and Los Angeles, hosts in 2024 and 2028. Extras such as live sites are optional henceforth. “You can see the scale is being adjusted, and for good measure,” Carroll said.
  2. makes sense at the moment to sit and see what happens. There was a radio interview this morning with a sports reporter and the thinking was as follows: we don't know whats happening with Tokyo. It's possible Tokyo will not go ahead. if this is the case, Tokyo has flushed big money down the toilet. they will want some return for this money. therefore, do we push everything back 4 years? (ie Tokyo 2024, Paris 2028 and LA 2032) or do they award Tokyo 2032 as a compensation? The bid is not dead - as much as some on the more extreme right would like it to be - it's just paused, and it is the right thing to do at the moment.
  3. I've noticed this talk as well. i would not be surprised to see Coates as the next IOC president. I also would be surprised if sometime in the next year or 18 months Brisbane gets some recognition as the "preferred bidder" for 2032 (similar to what the CGF has done for Hamilton) I would also expect that should Brisbane get 2032 cricket is in with a good chance to be included (Probably in the 20/20 format)
  4. oh and just to add onto the above. if all levels of government are really are on board i would think Brisbane would almost be dead certs to get this now, given how we have managed covid and it looks like we are though the worst of it with minimal deaths and infection rates into the single digits a day now, where as places like India and indonesia are still struggling to contain the virus
  5. Fully Agree. A big event the whole community can build towards and get around might just be what the economy needs. 2032 in Brisbane would be something that we could look forward to, and be used to do some big projects that would make brisbane a better place to live. My only concern is that i can see politicians being scared of even talking about hosting the games with the current economic situation of high unemployment given i can see people thinking "why are we spending billions to host the olympics when so many people are out of work" not thinking about the jobs that would come out of an olypic games
  6. Queensland just had it's first day with no new diagnosis of COVID-19 in 3 months. Qld and Australia in general are getting on top of this and i expect this would be something that the IOC would be looking at when deciding if they want to award the games to Queensland. That of course hinges on if Queensland still wants it. I suspect as a queenslander myself there is a lot less support for an olympics now given the mass unemployment that we now have thanks to Corona
  7. The problem with AFL is that it is a secondary sport in Qld. people only show up in big numbers when the lions are winning. if they are not you would really struggle to get 20,000 to a game (look at the Qld reds where if they play a south African side in super rugby they struggle to get 10,000) In terms of cricket, people only come out if we are playing the Poms for the ashes or india. if we are playing pakistan or someone else they also struggle to get numbers. Even the MCG with a capacity of 100,000 really only sells out a few times a year Day 1 of the boxing day test Anzac Day AFL AFL Final Series
  8. I hope they don't redevelop the QEII. The problem with the QEII is it's location. it's miles from any decent public transport. I remember when Suncorp was redeveloped and the Broncos went to QEII during the building. It was painful to get to / from via public transport. required a train than a switch to a bus. It's an interesting question. I can't think of any teams needing a venue even of 40,000 in a configuration used for track and field. The only thing that comes to mind is if the venue is convertible (same as eden park in auckland that can be used for Rugby and Cricket) and the NRL have brought in a second brisbane team by than (Could happen in 2023) and they might want there own venue rather than using suncorp.
  9. Just to expand on my previous post, the below projects are underway in Brisbane regardless of the outcome of the games bid. Cross River Rail Main feature is a 3.7 Mile underground tunnel 2 new stations on on the tunnel route including one across the road from the Woolloongabba Station and the first new city station in 130 years (Albert St) along with 3 New stations on the gold coast line (Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac) upgrades to another 10 stations (4 on the tunnel route (Boggo Road, Roma St, Exhibition and Dutton Park on the route, and Major upgrades to Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield stations on the southside Brisbane Live As part of the changes to Roma St station (putting the station underground) a significant amount of public space will be made available. Some of this will be made available for a new venue known at the moment as "Brisbane Live" Brisbane Live will be privately funded 18,000 seat venue which will be at no cost to the taxpayers of Brisbane This venue will sit on top of the biggest train station in Brisbane (long distance busses and trains also leave from this venue) This venue is market driven and it was AEG Ogden who approached the government for this Brisbane Metro The first stage of Brisbane Metro is underway and will provide a 21 kilometre service will have 18 stations along dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland Will use Bi-articulated EV Busses Will also connect to wolloongabba. Brisbane also has an extensive network of Busways - these are not just bus lanes on existing roads but are fully grade separated bus only roads that generally follow major roadways to keep busses off the roads. These were used when brisbane hosted the G20 conference as motorcade routes. To add onto what i said above. There is very little anger directed at the Qld government. This is probably due to the fact Qld is pretty much unaffected by the fires. The major local newspaper (The Courier Mail) tried to manufacture some outrage against the state government but it did not work (The Courier Mail has a distinct slant to the right and the current state government is left leaning. We also have a state election in October) The anger is directed at the federal government and in particular the prime minister who is a climate change denier and even brought a lump of coal into parliament. The PM also took a holiday to Hawaii just before christmas when the full scale of the bushfires was known rather than stay back and lead.
  10. There are transport improvements happening anyway - Cross river rail is under construction and work has begun planning the brisbane metro. these projects are happenign regardless of the outcome of the games bid, but will be a massive help with games transport. Most of the anger is at the federal government, and in particular the PM. it won't have much effect on the Qld state government, and our current PM has a marketing background so he knows the value of the games to sell himself (and it won't matter anyway because by the time the games fallout hits he will be long gone)
  11. heres an advert featuring Dean Lukan and for some reason former australian cricket captain "Tubby" Tailor selling tickets to the sydney games
  12. So the brisbane bid is going ahead. for those of us uninitiated, whats the timeframe and process now? I keep seeing 2025 mentioned, but i'm also seeing other reports saying a decision could be made as early as the tokyo games (which i find hard to believe).
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