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Cairns Mayor questions city’s ability to host world sporting event

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning has raised concerns about the city’s ability to host the World Athletics Championship, after it emerged as a shock leader in the race for the premier sporting event.

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Rowan SparkesMarch 3, 2021 - 5:20PM

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Cairns Mayor Bob Manning has raised concerns about the city’s ability to host the World Athletics Championship, after it emerged as a shock leader in the race for the premier sporting event.

The announcement of Brisbane as the official preferred partner for the 2032 Olympic Games last week triggered a bidding war between the states for the biggest and best lead-up events — and they don’t come much bigger than the World ­Athletics Championships.

While a recent report earmarked Cairns as an early favourite to host the mega sporting event over Australia’s richer state capitals, Cr Manning said he knew nothing about it and found it “hard to give much credence to”.

“I don’t think there’s any chance in the world of us having that — I don’t think there’d be a snowflake’s chance in hell,” he said.

“We just haven’t got the facilities. I mean, you can’t just run these things from schoolyards. I would find that very hard to believe that we could do it. Somebody’s getting ahead of themselves.”

Cairns has an international-standard athletics track at Barlow Park, upgraded to meet such requirements in 2002 at a cost of more than $2 million. 

But Cr Manning questioned its ability to host the worldwide sporting event in its current state.

“We don’t really have any great track and field facilities here,” he said. 

“Barlow Park’s certainly not going to carry the world championships. You’ve got to do better than that.”

Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher said it was “incredibly exciting” that Australia was in the running to host the World Athletics Championships, and confirmed Cairns as a potential host city.

“Athletics Australia is ­currently speaking to World Athletics about a number of cities, including Cairns, and we’re looking forward to hearing the final outcome,” ­Gocher said.

Recent rule changes by the sports’ international governing body will ensure all regions in the world get a chance to host the event.

Under the new rotation system, Oceania and Africa will get 2025 and 2027.

Australia is believed to be the unanimous choice for Oceania, regardless of whether it’s 2025 or 2027, with the states expected to enter a bidding war to land the big prize.

The event must be held mid-year to fit in with the northern hemisphere summer, but with Australia’s biggest sporting codes in full swing and the biggest stadiums usually booked during that part of the year, Cairns could be a logical option.


Barlow Park

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Barlow Park is a multi-purpose venue located in Cairns which primarily plays host to athletics, rugby league and football.

The venue features a main grandstand with seating for 1,700 spectators, mostly covered. A hill surrounds the rest of the venue pushing capacity up around the 15,000.

The venue has a IAAF-standard athletics track and lights (620 lux) and has played host to several pre-season and premiership NRL games (six games between 2013 and 2018) and football matches.

For large events, temporary grandstand are usually erected to increase the seating capacity and bring fans closer to the action.








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Brisbane's New Runway

Brisbane’s new runway was one of the largest aviation construction projects undertaken in Australia.

Credit: Brisbane Airport Corporation

Timing: 2012 to 2020

Investment: $1.1 billion

Construction jobs: 2,700+

Work on the site began in 2012 with the major stages of construction completed in mid-2020, ready for the runway to be officially opened on Sunday 12 July 2020. 

It has been estimated by 2035 the new runway will lead to the creation of 7,800 new jobs and contribute an additional $5 billion in annual economic benefit to the region. For our community of travellers this project will also lead to a greater choice in airlines, destinations and flight times.

This new runway is a key piece of infrastructure that will enable the continued growth of Brisbane, our region and the nation. Furthermore the new runway will enable Brisbane Airport to better meet the demands of the community it serves, now and for future generations. 

Explore more about Brisbane's new runway below.

Click Here to view Documentary about Brisbane’s New Runway

Brisbane’s new runway was not just a runway project. It included doubling Brisbane Airport's airfield and all associated facilities.  

Construction included:

  1. A new runway 3.3kms long, 60m wide, topped with asphalt
  2. 12km of taxiways, topped with concrete
  3. Many kilometres of airside roads, drains, airfield lighting and signage
  4. Navigation aids, including an Instrument Landing System (ILS) and high intensity approach lighting system (HIAL) at both ends of the runway
  5. 300ha of landscaping to cover all non-paved areas of the airfield and
  6. A four-lane underpass structure which links the Domestic Terminal precinct and the airport's northern facilities  

Work to prepare the site began in 2012. The final major stages of construction to build the runway, taxiways and airfield got underway in 2017 as the ground transformation works had performed according to plan. Construction was completed in mid-2020, ready for the runway to official open on Sunday 12 July 2020.


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On 3/21/2021 at 7:34 PM, Tejas57 said:

to those coming in here and having a moan about Brisbane 2032:


look at this from the IOC's point of view


you have a country with a successful history of hosting international sporting events - at one point they hosted what the IOC president called "the best games ever", along with sports such as the commonwealth games, and other various events.

this city that is putting there hand up has support from all 3 levels of government, large public support and no need for a referendum. Approx 80% of the venues already exist 11 years out.

your also struggling for hosts, so much so you award your last two games in one swoop to lock in 2 hosts.

on the other hand you have potential bids from Qatar (way too hot), Germany (no where near at the level of the Australian bid at this time), India and indonesia (no way they would go either of these after the debacle of Rio) and a combined north and south korea bid (fanciful at best, could go nuclear hot)

suddenly Brisbane does not look too bad

Exactly. Brisbane is by far the most logical bid to lock in as hosts! The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games proved what the region can do. 

COVID has also proved what a great region SEQ is how they have been able to limit cases, host the majority of the AFL season including the Grand Final (the first time ever that the AFL Grand Final has ever been played outside Melbourne). 

The three level of government support is very important especially considering the different political parties involved. All parties on both side of politics are behind the Games bid and this can really put Queensland on the map internationally! 

Again, the venues are another attractive point for the IOC. Most of the venues are already built so will limit the stigma of venues being build for the games with no benefit for the community after the games (we have seen how the Commonwealth Games venues are being used for local and community sport so are being used not white elephants like Beijing, Rio and Athens!)

Australia has a rich sporting history and have always done international events so well it just makes sense Brisbane 2032!


A bit about me- I am a Victorian and as much as I would love a Melbourne Olympics in my home town, I do realise we won't get the Games again because of the timing that the IOC requires the Games to be held. There is still excitement about the Brisbane Olympics for us Victorians too so it isn't just Queenslanders that are in the games spirit, it is the entire nation!

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8 hours ago, Victorian said:

Exactly. Brisbane is by far the most logical bid to lock in as hosts! The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games proved what the region can do. 

COVID has also proved what a great region SEQ is how they have been able to limit cases, host the majority of the AFL season including the Grand Final (the first time ever that the AFL Grand Final has ever been played outside Melbourne). 

The three level of government support is very important especially considering the different political parties involved. All parties on both side of politics are behind the Games bid and this can really put Queensland on the map internationally! 

Again, the venues are another attractive point for the IOC. Most of the venues are already built so will limit the stigma of venues being build for the games with no benefit for the community after the games (we have seen how the Commonwealth Games venues are being used for local and community sport so are being used not white elephants like Beijing, Rio and Athens!)

Australia has a rich sporting history and have always done international events so well it just makes sense Brisbane 2032!


A bit about me- I am a Victorian and as much as I would love a Melbourne Olympics in my home town, I do realise we won't get the Games again because of the timing that the IOC requires the Games to be held. There is still excitement about the Brisbane Olympics for us Victorians too so it isn't just Queenslanders that are in the games spirit, it is the entire nation!

Same here, I live in Melbourne but glad the Games look to be coming back down under in Queensland.

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Brisbane 2032 Clears Another Hurdle

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(ATR) The Brisbane City Council signs off on the 2032 Olympic bid as the process moves toward a final IOC decision that could come as soon as July.

Only one councilor voted against the motion at the end of the first special meeting of the city council since 2007, according to the Brisbane Times.

Most of the eight-hour meeting was held behind closed doors as councilors were required to sign confidentiality agreements to hear presentations by Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, Paralympics Australia president Jock O’Callaghan and others heavily involved in the early planning for the Summer Games bid.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, who is also chair of a bid leadership group, was among those giving a presentation.

“Today marked a critical milestone in the journey to hosting an #Olympics with the Schrinner Council Administration voting “yes” to the jobs created by an #OlympicGames, “yes” to the opportunities a Games would bring to our city and “yes” to fast-tracking investment in our region,” Schrinner said on Twitter after the bid passed.

The IOC requires that all levels of government must sign off before April 7 as part of the “targeted dialogue” bid process launched last month that gives Brisbane exclusive rights to negotiate to host the 2032 Games as a preferred candidate. The state of Queensland is also expected to approve the bid.

If all the paperwork is completed on time, the IOC could award the 2032 Olympics to Brisbane as early as July at the IOC Session scheduled for Japan ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games.
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‘Get on a plane!’: Peter Gleeson challenges Olympic detractors

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24 March, 2021

The Courier Mail and Sky News commentator Peter Gleeson has fired up with “fighting words” for those opposing the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Brisbane City Council has officially backed the bid, with controversial Greens councillor Jonathan Sri the lone dissenter.

Peter Gleeson told Deborah Knight the Games are “a great opportunity”.

“I know there are people who will ring in and say that I’m a goose.

“I just think seriously, if you are living in Queensland, and you’re opposed to an Olympic Games and the benefits that come with that, just go and live in New Zealand.

“Get on a plane!”

Click to hear the full interview

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Why ‘Cursed’ Olympics Are Pressing Ahead Amid a Pandemic

The Games’ organizers say they have a responsibility to hold the event and “build a legacy” for society. But money, national pride and political obduracy are also important drivers.

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By Mokoto Rich and Hikari Hida


March 24, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET

TOKYO — From the moment that Japan pitched to host the 2020 Olympic Games, its organizers have framed it as a symbol of recovery: from a decades-long economic slump, from a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster and, after a year’s postponement, from a crippling pandemic.

Now, as the organizers press ahead with plans to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer, the event itself threatens to become a trial from which Japan may take years to recover.

A series of health, economic and political challenges have besieged the Games. Even as the organizers decided last week to bar international spectators, epidemiologists warn that the Olympics could become a superspreader event. Thousands of athletes and other participants will descend on Tokyo from more than 200 countries while much of the Japanese public remains unvaccinated.

The financial hazards are also significant — the Olympic budget has swollen to a record $15.4 billion, increasing nearly $3 billion in the past year alone and adding to longstanding doubts about whether Olympic Games pay off for host nations. And the Tokyo organizing committee has been swamped by leadership chaos, with both the president and creative director resigning over the past month after making sexist remarks.

Through it all, the fundamentally undemocratic nature of Olympic decision-making has grown only more glaring. With the Olympic torch relay set to begin on Thursday and the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23, Japan’s government is defying the wishes of much of the public. In polls, close to 80 percent say the Games should be postponed again or canceled outright.


“I don’t know any reason for why you would go out to watch these Olympic Games,” said Hyoung Min Yoo, 29, who works in finance in Tokyo. He had secured coveted tickets to swimming and track and field finals but now has no interest in getting anywhere near the Olympic Stadium or aquatics center. “I wish they could postpone the Olympics to the next next time,” he said.

In the telling of the Olympic organizers, staging the Games this summer is something close to a moral imperative. The president of the Tokyo organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto, recently cited the “significant challenges” facing the world and the responsibility of the Olympics “to build a legacy for the future society.”

But money, national pride and political obduracy are also at play.

The International Olympic Committee, which is sustained largely by selling broadcasting rights, stands to lose perhaps even more than Japan if the event is canceled. Already, the I.O.C. has struggled to entice bidders for future Olympic Games as cities have decided to avoid the hassle and cost.

In an effort to give itself breathing space, the I.O.C. broke with tradition in 2017 by simultaneously announcing the hosts of the next two Summer Olympics — Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles four years later. This month it picked Brisbane, Australia, as its favored candidate for the 2032 event.


Inside Japan, historical currents are also important drivers. The wartime cancellation of one Tokyo Olympics, in 1940, and the triumphant staging of another a quarter century later are potent symbols of first regret and then rebirth. The seemingly unstoppable push toward the Olympics this time also reflects an often rigid Japanese bureaucracy, with some even drawing parallels to World War II, when the Japanese public did not want the conflict but no leader dared halt it.

Then there is the matter of China. The Beijing Winter Olympics are less than a year away, and Tokyo wants bragging rights for hosting the first post-pandemic Games. If the Olympics fell through in Japan but were staged in China, that could give the Beijing government more fuel to assert that its authoritarian system is superior.

Whatever the outcome of the Games this summer, they could have profound ramifications for the entire Olympic movement, which has relied for decades upon an idealized promise of inspiration and civic pride to support enormous expenditures and increasingly onerous demands on host cities.

“When they say ‘the five rings,’ or if they show up with an Olympic symbol, they think they can command or demand anything,” said Satoko Itani, an associate professor of sports, gender and sexuality at Kansai University. “But people are increasingly saying ‘no.’”

“This could be a turning point” for organizers, Ms. Itani added. “Unfortunately, I don’t think they have realized it.”

The headaches for the Tokyo Summer Games long predated the pandemic. Two years after winning the bid, the government abandoned a sleek stadium design by a famous architect, Zaha Hadid, because the cost had ballooned to more than $2 billion. After work on a cheaper stadium design got underway, a construction supervisor died by suicide afterwork.

The organizers scrapped their first logo after plagiarism accusations. The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee was indicted on corruption charges related to the bidding process. Out of fears of extreme heat in Tokyo, the I.O.C. moved the marathon to Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island, 500 miles from the Olympic Stadium.

Taro Aso, the country’s finance minister, has described the Tokyo Olympics as “cursed.”

For Japan, the prospect of recouping its costs has grown only more distant, after the Tokyo organizing committee said on Saturday that it would not allow foreign spectators. Without these visitors, there is now little upside for hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.

The organizers say that their focus is primarily on safety, and that they have earmarked $900 million in spending on measures to combat the virus. They have watched in recent weeks as other major sporting events — the Australian Open, the N.C.A.A. men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — have gone ahead. For the Games, some countries are pushing Olympians to the front of the vaccination line, and the I.O.C. has agreed to supply Chinese vaccines for those who need one.

The organizers say vaccination will not be mandatory, however, and many athletes, delegates and others will be coming from places where vaccines are unlikely to be fully available. Japan itself will not start vaccinations for those over 65 until next month, and there has been no indication that athletes will be prioritized.

Infections and deaths in Japan have never spiraled to the levels seen in the United States or Europe, but the country is still recording more than 1,000 new infections each day and dozens of deaths. The Tokyo region was under a state of emergency until Sunday, and the country’s borders remain closed to most overseas visitors.

With more contagious and perhaps deadlier variants circulating around the globe, epidemiologists warn that the Tokyo Olympics have the potential to turbocharge the virus’s spread.

Controlling the pathogen will be “almost close to mission impossible,” said Dr. Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease specialist at Kobe University Hospital. “Canceling the Olympic Games would be much easier.”

Rules proposed for the Olympic bubble depend largely on voluntary measures that have characterized Japan’s overall approach to the virus. While organizers promise regular testing during the Games, until recently Japan has been far more restrictive in offering coronavirus tests than many other countries.

Many athletes are young and likely to want to socialize once they finish competition. And more than 500 communities have agreed to host athletes for pre-competition training, another potential route for infections to spread.

Barbara G. Holthus, deputy director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo and one of more than 110,000 Olympic volunteers, said training sessions had offered paltry measures to protect unvaccinated participants from infection. Volunteers are encouraged to wash their hands vigorously and remind visitors to wear masks, she said.

Nobuo Sato, 63, who owns a vegetable shop in Tokyo, said he feared that if the Olympics resulted in another coronavirus wave, it would further damage his business, which has suffered over the past year as orders from restaurants have declined sharply.

“I just don’t think they should risk the coronavirus spreading in any sense,” he said. “That won’t lead to things getting better. The faster the health situation gets better, the faster restaurants can reopen and the faster I can return to business as usual.”

Japan’s efforts to portray the Games as a symbol of triumph over the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, where the torch relay starts on Thursday, have also run into resistance. The nuclear cleanup there is far from complete.

“To use the word recovery — I am really opposed to it,” said Ayumi Iida, 36, a public relations official at a nonprofit in Onahama, about 40 miles south of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, where three reactors melted down a decade ago. “I am embarrassed to show the world this situation.”

Motokuni Takaoka, chief executive of Airweave, a company that has designed and produced 18,000 custom mattresses for the athletes’ village and is an Olympic sponsor, said that the Tokyo Games should proceed despite the challenges, because canceling the event would mean losing to China.

But if the Games do not go on, he said he did not regret the $50 million Airweave had invested in its new mattress design or the $9 million the company had reportedly contributed toward the Olympic budget each year since it signed on as a sponsor in 2016.

“If the Olympics cannot be held, as long as we are alive it is OK,” he said. Instead, he said, the company might be able to recoup its investments by providing mattresses for the Los Angeles Olympics — in 2028.


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It’s been a hell of a ride for 50 years, Wayne Smith’s farewell to journalism

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By Wayne Smith

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Something happened on Saturday night that I have spent half a century desperately trying to avoid — I got caught in a Tony Shaw bear hug.

There are, it must be said, two kinds of bear hugs from the former Wallabies captain. The friendly ones and the not-so-friendly ones. But it doesn’t really matter. Both are equally dangerous. The man is made of granite, still, and has no idea of his enormous strength.

So any time we met, it had always been a case of squaring my shoulders, setting my jaw, looking him right in the eye and giving him a good manly handshake.

I thought if I kept it prim and proper, I might stand a chance. That, indeed, was how it initially went in the elevator at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night as we were making our way up, me to the press box, him to his seats.

He was wishing me well in my retirement and then, with a shake of my hand, he was out the door and seemingly gone.

But then I heard him say “Not good enough!” and before I had time to even think, let alone move, he filled the doorway again and I found myself wrapped in a bear-hug.

God it felt good!


But that was also the moment when it all came crashing down on me that this wonderful adventure I have been on for the past half-century was about to end. This is my final day. This is my farewell column.

Who, I began to fret, was going to carry on my crusade against the driving maul? Or time-wasting in the scrums? Or cluttering up the line with fake “dummy runners” whose real job is to jostle would-be defenders?

And the real question: How are the Waratahs going to dig their way out of their hole?

The momentary panic subsided and I began to take stock, rationally. All of those concerns are pure rugby concerns.

That is not to say they are unimportant but they do not threaten the survival of the game. It seems ages since I wrote a piece about money. Well, not since March 7.

That’s when I broke the news that Rugby Australia had decided to begin negotiating with the private equity giants.

Still, that’s nearly three weeks ago, a lifetime in rugby. And lest anyone point the finger at me for “drinking the Kool-Aid”, no one else has written them either.

I don’t know how long it has been since rugby has had clear air. For the past four to six years it almost seemed like a menacing supermaxi had stationed itself beside the game, fouling its air, blocking escape and then running it into the spectator fleet.

And that was even before we had begun to question what sort of person was at the helm.

“We can’t shrink our way to greatness,” was the Australian Rugby Union’s mantra, right up to the point where that was precisely what it had in mind.

Do we cull the Western Force? Or the Rebels? Do we merge clubs? And no sooner had it regrettably solved that puzzle by culling the Force, then it was dragged kicking and screaming down the woke rabbit hole.

Finally, gasping for air and $3m lighter, it kicked its way to the surface, only to be immediately run over by an out-of-control Jet Ski called COVID.

Lay-offs, restructures, pay cuts were the order of the day and there were legitimate fears that by the time rugby had reduced itself to a manageable financial level there would be only enough money left over for a break-up round of beers.

All of those crises have either been dealt with or temporarily defused. RA chairman Hamish McLennan has done wonderfully until now but one of rugby’s great strengths — and weaknesses — is that it puts crises behind it very quickly.

Wayne Smith with the Olympic torch in 2000 Wayne Smith with the Olympic torch in 2000

“Yeah, so you saved the game and you’re negotiating with the PE big boys, but what have you done for us lately?” will become the catchcry in the coming months.

One gets the sense McLennan will handle it. That’s a reassuring, if disconcertingly odd feeling.

Until quite recently, I had pinned my hopes for the survival of the game on the ordinary men and women who, from week to week, make it run.

Peter “Doubles” Daley is a mate of mine and I trust you will indulge me just a little, but it is people like him who ensure rugby has a future.

Doubles was four years behind me in school which should have made him invisible.

Somehow he wasn’t. And then he became entangled with Souths Rugby Club and is now virtually indistinguishable from it. Say “Souths” and people think of Doubles. Say “Doubles” and people instantly think of Souths.

Suffice it to say that after a lifetime of work, Doubles was honoured last year with RA’s volunteer award. It was a long-overdue tribute and possibly a chance for him to bow out gracefully.

But Doubles took it in his stride and soldiered on, unfailingly. These days I get regular calls from him — from a hospital room while he is waiting for chemo.

He may be an extreme example but across the country there are thousands just like him, working away anonymously.

Hopefully, now that I will have more time on my hands, I will become one of them.

The Noosa Dolphins are just down the road and I have surreptitiously checked them out. Perhaps I could coach one of the junior sides. Sadly, they would have to do without the driving maul.

I had hoped today to write at length about my other two great sporting loves which I covered at the highest level, swimming and, as a consequence, the Olympic Games.

Both have given me immeasurable pleasure and if I have performed no other service over the last 50 years, I take enormous pride in writing the column which first suggested that Brisbane bid for the 2032 Olympics.

Then I gave it a push down the slope by ringing all the mayors of the adjoining councils and convincing them to back it too.

But, just as I have done such a lousy job of disguising that the Queensland Reds are my team, I have also failed to hide the fact that rugby is my sporting love.

I was there at Eden Park the night Australia surrendered the Bledisloe Cup in 2003 and I was hoping to be there the night they won it back. Now, when that happens, I will be there as a paying spectator. But I do believe it will happen and it will happen soon.

Thank you for everything. I really did need that hug. Goodbye.

Favourite player

Not very original. John Eales. Saw him for the first time at Crosby Park, playing for Brothers, where he kicked a field goal from the sideline on halfway. First time he played for Queensland he embarrassed All Black lock Albert Anderson. And then his fabulous Test career. Nobody really was perfect.

Best match I saw

Australia v the All Blacks, Eden Park, September 9, 1978: The Australian team was in disarray. Coach Daryl Haberecht was in hospital with a heart attack, a host of leading players were injured and replacements were flown in less than 48 hours before kick-off. Still, the All Blacks were destroyed 30-16, with Greg Cornelsen scoring four for the Wallabies.

Best match I didn’t see

No, not the epic Bledisloe Test at Stadium Australia in 2000, the one Jonah Lomu won with a last-gasp try. Rather, it was the Queensland Reds’ epic 2011 Super Rugby final win over the Crusaders. I was walking my daughter down the aisle instead. The good news is I always remember her anniversary.

Favorite character

Stan Pilecki. The first Polish-Australian to play for the Wallabies, he brought a new dimension to preparing to play a Test – by smoking on the sidelines. I ghosted his column, the first of which he derided as boring. The second column I devoted to bagging hard man Tony Shaw. Pilecki rang me in a panic: “You’ve signed my death warrant!”

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FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Brisbane to host 2026 UCI BMX Supercross World Championships

AusCycling has announced that Brisbane will welcome the world’s best BMX riders in 2026 with the city being named host of the UCI BMX World Championships for the first time in the event’s history.

The event will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex BMX Supercross Track, Australia’s only Olympic standard BMX Supercross track.

To be held over nine days, the event is expected to attract 3,000 of the world’s best BMX racers and more than 20,000 spectators to Brisbane.

It will also be broadcast to a potential global audience of 14 million in more than 100 countries.

Expressing her excitement at winning the rights to host the Championships, AusCycling Chief Executive, Marne Fechner, commented “the UCI BMX Queensland will be an ideal host for the Championships as the hotbed for BMX participation in Australia.  We look forward to hosting the world in 2026.”

Queensland Tourism and Sports Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe noted “the UCI BMX World Championships is second only to the Olympics for BMX racing prestige, and Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Complex is home to Australia’s only Olympic standard BMX Supercross track.”


Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner added “Brisbane has a strong appetite for world-class sporting events and has the expertise to host them, and that’s why it’s a huge win for our city to secure the 2026 UCI BMX World Championships.

“We’re thrilled that Brisbane’s vibrant atmosphere, warm climate and stellar sporting facilities will be recognised on the world stage as BMX’s best talent from around the globe converge on our city and draw in droves of adrenaline-seeking spectators.”

Queensland has previously hosted the World Championships in 1989 (prior to BMX being recognised by the UCI), UCI classified races and National Championships.

The Sleeman Sports Centre BMX Supercross Track features all of the requirements for a successful UCI BMX World Championships.

Brisbane will be the first Australian host of the UCI BMX World Championships since Adelaide in 2009.

Upcoming hosts of the Championships include Papendal in the Netherlands, the French city of Nantes, Glasgow in Scotland and Rock Hill in the USA.

The NSW city of Wollongong is hosting the UCI 2022 Road World Championships (of cycling).

Images: The Olympic standard BMX Supercross track at the Sleeman Sports Complex. Credit: Sleeman Sports Complex.

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Gold Coast Train

Visit gclr3.com.au to view the latest project information and interactive map.

Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) has transformed public transport on the Gold Coast, helping create an integrated multi-modal network that connects more people to more places in one of Australia's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. As at 2018-19 financial year public transport patronage on the Gold Coast has grown 47% since the introduction of light rail services in July 2014.  

In November 2019 it was announced the $709 million Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads would be delivered with commitments of $269 million from the Australian Government and $91.5 million from City of Gold Coast, with the balance of funds committed by the Queensland Government. GCLR Stage 3 involves a 6.7km extension of the light rail system from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, including eight new stations and the procurement of additional light rail vehicles (LRVs).                      

Construction of Stage 3 is set to support more than 760 jobs and will help the Gold Coast manage expected population growth in coming decades.

On behalf of the Queensland Government, GoldlinQ is currently undertaking a competitive tender process to appoint a construction contractor in late 2020. 

For more information click here.

Gold Coast Train

The Gold Coast light rail system has been planned to be delivered in a number of stages to respond to the growth of the Gold Coast. Stage 3 will expand the tram network to 27 kilometres from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads.

GCLR is the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast and it was designed to be delivered in stages in response to the city's forecast population growth. Following on from successful delivery and operation of Stages 1 and 2, the third stage of the project involves a southern extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.

Stage 3 includes 6.7 km of new dual-track light rail running from Broadbeach South Station to Burleigh Heads, eight new light rail stations and additional light rail vehicles (LRVs). It will also include an upgrade and expansion of the existing depot and stabling facilities, a new light rail-bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and Miami and supporting works and improvements, including signalised traffic intersections and upgrades, new signalised pedestrian crossings and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Light rail has proven incredibly successful on the Gold Coast with more than 46 million paid passenger trips to date and passenger numbers increasing 33 percent when the Stage 2 extension opened.

Stage 3 key features include:


Gold Coast Train

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A: detailed fly-through


To view the latest Stage 3 information, interactive map and reference design visit www.gclr3.com.au

Gold Coast Train Map
Gold Coast Train


Light rail has delivered a wealth of benefits to the Gold Coast during construction and operations. In addition to providing a safe, convenient and reliable transport option the system has also provided direct economic benefit to the city. GoldlinQ has a commitment to high levels of local participation and Stage 3A will once again deliver local jobs for local workers and opportunities for local contractors.

To date Gold Coast light rail has delivered:

Stage 1 – During early works and construction more than $700 million was spent with local businesses for labour and materials. An average of 740 workers were on site daily with 90 percent of these workers living in the Gold Coast and South East Queensland.

Stage 2 - During construction 2300 people were inducted with 88 percent of workers from the Gold Coast and South East Queensland. More than $200 million was spent with local Gold Coast and South East Queensland businesses with 91% of contracts awarded to Queensland businesses.

As Stage 3 planning and procurement progresses updates will be provided to the local community. Details on opportunities to be involved in the Stage 3 project will also be available at www.gclr3.com.au as the project progreses.

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IOC approves set of reforms for Olympic Games, host cities

MAR 13, 2021, 4:25 PM SGT

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LAUSANNE (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday (March 12) unanimously approved a set of 15 reforms it hopes will again turn the Olympics into an attractive prospect for fans, cities and sponsors through reduced cost, an increased digital presence and new revenues streams.

The IOC has seen its key product - the summer and winter editions of the Olympics - lose some of its shine in recent years, failing to ignite enthusiasm among potential host cities, scared off by the size and cost of the world's biggest multi-sports event.

"The coronavirus crisis has changed our world in fundamental ways," IOC President Thomas Bach told the organisation's session.

"The world will never again be like it was before. Even once we have finally overcome the health crisis, we will face the far-reaching social, financial, economic and political consequences."

A previous set of reforms, "Agenda 2020", was passed in 2014 but did not stop the exodus of cities midway through bidding processes for the 2018, 2020 and the 2022 editions of the Games.

The postponement last year of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - the first to be delayed outside world war periods - by 12 months further affected the image of the Games and the IOC's finances.

The latest reforms are based on five pillars that include digitisation, sustainability development and financial resilience and according to the IOC are designed to better position the organisation and the Games in the global environment after the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the reforms approved on the last day of the IOC's virtual session are the improvement of legacy plans for Games that would leave a bigger positive impact for the local community and also to consider the addition of physical virtual sports, such as stationary cycling, in the Olympic programme.

The IOC has for years been trying to stop the rising age profile of its Olympic supporters and inject new blood into its spectator base and its involvement with virtual sports is seen as a way to do this successfully.

The IOC has already awarded the 2024 summer Games to Paris, the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles after reforming the bidding process in 2014 and a few weeks ago picked Brisbane as the preferred hosts for the 2032 edition.

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‘Get on a plane!’: Peter Gleeson challenges Olympic detractors

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24 March, 2021

The Courier Mail and Sky News commentator Peter Gleeson has fired up with “fighting words” for those opposing the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Brisbane City Council has officially backed the bid, with controversial Greens councillor Jonathan Sri the lone dissenter.

Peter Gleeson told Deborah Knight the Games are “a great opportunity”.

“I know there are people who will ring in and say that I’m a goose.

“I just think seriously, if you are living in Queensland, and you’re opposed to an Olympic Games and the benefits that come with that, just go and live in New Zealand.

“Get on a plane!”

Click to hear the full interview

Convincing :wacko:

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Brisbane City Council officially approves 2032 Olympic bid but Coates warns "it is not a done deal"

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By Duncan Mackay

  •  Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates has claimed "it is not a done deal" that Brisbane will be awarded the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

It is not a "done deal" that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has warned.

The note of caution from Coates coincided with Brisbane City Council voting formally put the city forward as a bid for the Games after a closed meeting in the Queensland capital.

The only councillor to vote against the proposal following an eight-hour session was Jonathan Sri, a member of the Australian Greens.

Councillors were forced to sign confidentially agreements before the meeting started and at the end after the motion was carried a huge round of applause rung out in Brisbane Square, the Brisbane Times reported.

Before the meeting, Coates had urged everyone involved in the bid not to grow complacent, even though the 2032 Games could be officially awarded to Brisbane by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as soon as its next Session, scheduled to take place in Tokyo on July 20 and 21.

Brisbane was announced as the "preferred candidate city" by the IOC Executive Board at a meeting on February 25, despite strong interest from Doha, Budapest and the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany.

"It is not a done deal," Coates, who is also an IOC vice-president and close ally of its President Thomas Bach, said. 

"There is much work to be done.

"The great news is that you are taking the correct first steps in Phase One of the legacy planning journey.

"With big, ambitious and inspiring ideas in the very best tradition of the Olympics.

"I add, that this is as it must be - Queensland deserves that.

"You have rightly set the bar very high and now comes the hard part. 

"Because Phase Two is the giant leap over it."

Councillors held an eight-hour behind-closed-doors meeting at their headquarters in Brisbane Square before formally approving the city's bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images Councillors held an eight-hour behind-closed-doors meeting at their headquarters in Brisbane Square before formally approving the city's bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

Media and the public were allowed to sit in only the start of the special meeting - the first of its kinds held by Council since 2007 - before it was closed for presentations by Coates and Paralympics Australia President Jock O'Callaghan.

Others who gave presentations to the Council included Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland’s Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport, and Federal Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck.

EKS, an event management consultancy founded by Craig McLatchey, former secretary general of the AOC and director of Olympic Knowledge Services at the IOC, also addressed the meeting.

It was revealed during the meeting that, as part of the formal bid process, all levels of Government need to have submitted bid documents to the IOC before April 7.

Sri revealed afterwards that he had voted against the proposal for the City Council to officially support the bid because he feared it would expose Brisbane and Queensland to too much financial risk.

"Our city’s agreement with the IOC will place much of the financial risk on Queensland taxpayers, meaning that the cost of delays or cancellations due to extreme weather or future pandemics will fall heavily on our city, while most of the profits will flow offshore," he said in a statement.

Coates, though, claimed hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games offered Queensland a unique opportunity to define its future.

"Friends, it may well be Queensland’s time," he said when launching a paper looking at the potential legacy of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Games.

"And if so, you’ve earned it.

"You’ve planned for it.

"You’ve fought for it.

"You stand atop the shoulders of great Queenslanders who have sweated for it.

"And now, how far and wide you want to see, is up to you.

"What you want to happen is now less a question of timing and more a question of design.

"Thus, it is timely to ask: What is the next stage for the great state of Queensland?

"For the wonderful city of Brisbane?

"And for the hard working, straight talking, 'look you in the eye' proud people of the 'Sunshine State'?"

Lights on Brisbane's bridges were lit up in celebration last month after the city was accorded Lights on Brisbane's bridges were lit up in celebration last month after the city was accorded "preferred candidate city" status for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the IOC ©Brisbane City Council 

If Brisbane is awarded the Olympics, it will be third Australian city to stage them following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Coates predicted it would be a pivotal moment in the region's history.

"Just as Melbourne emerged as the centre of big business in the first half of the last century," he said. 

"Just as Sydney as one of the great financial centres of Asia in the second half of the 1900s.

"And just as Western Australia became the world’s greatest provider of energy in the last 50 years.

"How will you use this moment in history to design the next evolution of your home?

"Mindful, that if you are selected to host the Games, at the Opening Ceremony alone, the eyes of more than one half of the world’s population will look into your home and ask: 'What is life like there?'"

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2032 Olympic Games: Brisbane could help reshape event

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By Brian Roe

FEBRUARY 26 2021 - 4:30PM
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There's a little way to go yet but once it's absolutely confirmed a 2032 Olympic Games for South East Queensland could be marvellous not just for Brisbane but for the whole country.

And it will likely manifest itself as the re-invention of Games delivery that the Olympic movement absolutely needs to maintain its relevance and re-assert its pre-eminence in the leadership of world sport. 

About three years ago the International Olympic Committee was so short of candidate cities under its then bidding guidelines that in July 2017 it gave away the 2024 and 2028 Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively. They were the only two bidders still at the table for the 2024 Games.

Things were being addressed after the Olympic 2020 Agenda report was adopted in 2014, but it was not until the IOC "session" in 2019 that more fundamental changes were made that enabled this week's decision on Brisbane to be a possibility.

He may have his equals somewhere but there is no-one smarter in global sport than the Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates.

Coates was acutely aware that the changes in process would work well for a candidate that already had a reputation for successful delivery of sporting events and had significant infrastructure in place.

When the rest of the world went to sleep on these matters during the COVID-19 shutdown and even the Queensland government put the bidding process "on hold", Coates and his colleagues at the AOC seized the moment to embellish the bid's credentials.

The new system avoids the tacky old bidding process which saw IOC members trooping all over the world with the potential of the odd palm being over-greased here and there. It puts the onus instead on the IOC's internal processes, most specifically through its host city commission, to work with potential venues to get the best outcome and without cities incurring huge costs to bid.

As a result of this new paradigm Brisbane finds itself in the box seat to be negotiated with as the preferred bidder - until the IOC feels ready to present a final recommendation to its members for approval - a 50 per cent + one vote for a single proposed candidate. 

The AOC's relentless work and Coates' influence as an IOC vice-president, together with Queensland authorities and the federal government, has clearly made Brisbane's case too tempting to be overlooked.

That final vote might be during this year - delivering Queensland with the same 11-year unexpected advance preparation period as Los Angeles.

This is an extraordinary bonus which can send Australian sport to an even better place than it found itself during the 1990s before those exceptional Games in Sydney.

But for world sport and the IOC, assuming Brisbane gets the Games and delivers as expected, it will be a huge boost as desirable future hosts will see advantage and opportunity - rather than unknown risk and cost.

The lead-in to Sydney transformed Australian sport and event delivery beyond even the wildest of dreams. At the very base it created a different culture of event volunteering, grassroots participation and fan bases.

Through the Gold Medal Plan - an initiative of the AOC, the federal and state governments and their institutes of sport - coaching bloomed and athletes were given training and life environments in which they could adequately prepare for a home Games.

Para-sport in Australia moved from obscurity to an opportunity for more Australians with a disability to explore their talents, in front of an increasingly engaged audience. And then there were the sporting bodies across the nation who fearlessly seized the moment to create programs and competitions that previously had been way too hard.

I had the absolute privilege from day one on September 24, 1993 to play a lead role in delivering athletics at the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was a special opportunity for our team which was fortunate to be paid for the honour, and the much larger contingent who did it solely for love.

We adored almost every minute and achieved great things - perhaps even more so in those seven years in advance than in the marvellous delivery of the two Games.

Now there's a chance 30 years on for another generation. From personal experience it would be crazy for it not to be seized with equal or greater passion.

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The Olympic Games have the power to deliver long-lasting benefits that can positively impact a community, its image and its infrastructure.

To take full advantage of the opportunities that hosting an Olympic Games and Paralympic Games can provide, clear objectives must be in place for what you want the Games to deliver to your citizens, city, region and country. And to be truly sustainable, these objectives must align with your long-term development planning and goals.

A strong vision can inspire not only your local community but also the worldwide community and be your showcase to the world.

Your Olympic project should have a common thread that runs through the lead-up to the Games and during Games-time and beyond into the delivery of legacy projects.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will work closely with you to develop an Olympic project that is sustainable and cost-effective, as well as aligned with your sporting, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs.

We strongly encourage the use of existing and temporary venues wherever new permanent venues are not supported by viable business plans that fulfil long-term needs of the local community.

Olympic Agenda 2020 encourages you to consider innovative alternatives, including venues outside the host region or country if no suitable local venue exists.

Your legacy plan should focus on a range of benefits, including economic, environmental, social, health, cultural, sporting, and urban.



Athlete experience is at the heart of the Olympic Games. The success of the Games depends on their performance, so ensuring the best possible conditions for them both on and off the field of play is critical.

This begins with the Olympic Village(s), which ideally should be close to the competition and training venues to limit travel times.

It also extends to the athletes’ participation at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the creation of opportunities for Olympians to come together in a spirit of celebration.

One effective way to ensure an optimal athlete experience is to involve them in the decision- making process from the very beginning, with roles in the planning and delivery of the Games, and an Athletes’ Commission within the Organising Committee.

The spectator and fan experience is also crucial to the success of the Games. The Games provide an experience that is modern, profound and impactful. Spectators and fans do not simply watch the Games; they experience them through a variety of initiatives before and during the event that provide authentic opportunities to participate in the heart of the action.

Some initiatives are already well-established, such as the Torch Relay and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, while others such as open warm-ups, mass events, sport initiation pro- grammes and open days are under development.

Many activities are free, making the Games even more accessible for everyone. Other activities

are amplified through online platforms to connect the physical with a digital experience that is accessible to a worldwide audience.



Rio staged record-breaking Paralympic Games in September 2016. Featuring 4,328 athletes from 159 countries, the Games were viewed by a cumulative TV audience of 4.1 billion – more than ever before – and 2.15 million spectators.

Since the Olympic Games 2004, a single organising committee has been responsible for hosting both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. Athletes from both Games have traditionally lived in the same Village(s) and enjoyed the same catering services, medical care and facilities.

Ticketing, technology and transport systems for the Olympic Games are seamlessly extended to the Paralympics.

Previous hosts have leveraged the Paralympic Games to make significant strides in terms of accessibility, awareness and social inclusion, and used the opportunity of hosting the Games to make improvements to their infrastructure’s accessibility.



Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges of our time, encompassing climate change, economic inequality and social injustice.

These are also pressing concerns for the sports community, both in managing our day-to-day affairs and in our responsibilities towards young people and future generations.

We also recognise that sport has an unrivalled capacity to motivate and inspire large numbers of people.

This is why we believe the Olympic Movement has a duty and an opportunity to contribute actively to global sustainability in line with our vision: “Building a better world through sport.”

As one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020, sustainability is a key priority for the IOC. In its Sustainability Strategy, the IOC, as the owner of the Olympic Games, commits to ensuring that sustainability is addressed as a strategic topic by potential future hosts as early as the Continuous Dialogue and throughout the period leading up to the future host election.

Another strategic objective of the IOC is to reinforce sustainability commitments in the Host Contract so that hosting an Olympic Games edition can act as a catalyst for sustainable development within the host city and region.

In line with the ambition for the Olympic Games to be at the forefront of sustainable development and to become climate positive as of 2030, sustainability must be addressed and integrated in every aspect of your project, encompassing, but not limited to: infra- structure and natural sites, sourcing and resource management, mobility, workforce and climate.

By addressing sustainability as an integral aspect of your project from conception, you will be able to better identify, minimise and respond to potential risks in your Olympic project.



The organisation of the Olympic Games is entrusted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the country of the host as well as to the host itself.

The NOC forms, for that purpose, an Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG)

which, from the time it is constituted, communicates directly with the IOC. The IOC and Olympic Movement will be the trusted partners of the OCOG, integrating the experience and expertise from previous Olympic Games.

Effective planning and delivery of the Games by the OCOG requires a Games governance structure that includes the active involvement of municipal, regional and national authorities, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, among others. 

It is essential to establish clear roles and responsibilities and to foster solid partnerships between all levels of government and all Games stakeholders.

Specific consideration should be given to transport, security and legacy governance, with clearly defined operational and financial roles and responsibilities.

Good governance of the Games also includes the development of a human rights strategy which will guide the organisation and delivery of the Games, as well as the wider management systems and risks assessments.

Risks for human rights should be considered in relation to all Games- related activities of the OCOG, the Host City, the Host NOC, Host Country Authorities and other delivery partners.



When planning for the Olympic Games, it is critical to differentiate the Urban Development Budget from the Games Organisation Budget.

With the New Norm, the Games adapt to the host region, the region does not adapt to the Games and therefore there is no capital-investment required for the Games.

The Games can nevertheless still be an opportunity to invest in the future of your city or your region through upgrades of existing sport facilities or renovation of public infrastructure. The related capital investments will leave a legacy for your communities for decades after the Games

These investments should not be considered as Games-specific spending but should be aligned with the existing development plan of your city and region and budgeted as part of the local long-term Urban Development Budget.

The Games Organisation Budget is mostly privately funded through local sponsorships, ticketing, licensing and a significant contribution from the IOC. It covers operational costs related to sport competitions, workforce, accommodation, technology and transportation.

In the past twenty years, the Games Organisation budget has always been balanced or generated a surplus.

Local public authorities will provide government support services under their remit such as security, medical services, customs and immigration. The costs for these services are offset by the increased economic activity and tax revenue generated before, during and after the Games.

The ripple effect of organisers and visitors spending money in the local economy, employing local people and using local suppliers, means several hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues can be generated from the increase in Games-related business activity.

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Lord mayor takes swing at Brisbane’s first new public golf course in 70 years

Credit: Brisbane Times

By Tony Moore

March 10, 2021 — 6.07pm


The first fairways, tees and greens at Brisbane’s first new public golf course in 70 years have taken shape in the city’s east, with work under way on the $25 million, 18-hole course.

And, in the wake of the recent announcement Brisbane was a preferred site for the 2032 Olympic Games, the professional-grade golf course at Cannon Hill could be a potential Olympic venue.

The public golf course, off Creek Road, will be named Minnippi Golf Course after the local Jagera elder Tommy Minnippi, the “king of the Tingalpa tribe”.

The Minnippi Golf Course will open in mid-2022, about 12 months after the planned closure of the Victoria Park Golf Course before the first stage of its major transformation.

During a site visit on Wednesday, lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the St Lucia public golf course would be able to cater for the golfers unable to use the Victoria Park course after it closed.

While the Minnippi course was to be funded primarily by developer BMD, Cr Schrinner said it would be open to the public.

Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner in the swing of things on the 13th at Brisbane’s new Minnippi Golf Course.

Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner in the swing of things on the 13th at Brisbane’s new Minnippi Golf Course.CREDIT:TONY MOORE

“This golf course will be transferred across to Brisbane City Council on the day it’s completed and will become a public golf course,” he said.

He said work on the course was progressing well.

“A lot of the work is already done and we are already seeing the [fairway and tee] grasses being laid.”

Cr Schrinner said the Minnippi Golf Course was a potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games venue, given the sport was once again on the Olympic schedule.

“We don’t know yet whether golf will be part of the 2032 Games, but if it is, this is a good option and I know there will be plenty of people training here at Minnippi,” he said.

“It would be great to see a future Olympian here at Minnippi.”

The course had been planned since the late 1990s and had a controversial birth before the council agreed to a public-private partnership with BMD in 2014.

That agreement meant the 74-hectare course would be provided to Brisbane at no expense to ratepayers, while BMD was allowed to develop about 13 hectares of the 125-hectare site as a residential estate.

More than 30 hectares was set aside as a long-term squirrel glider rehabilitation zone after a viable population was identified by conservationists. Seventy gliders were identified in 2010, with the population dropping to about 30 last year, where it had stabilised.

BMD chief executive Scott Power said fairway turf had been planted.

BMD chief executive Scott Power said fairway turf had been planted.CREDIT:TONY MOORE

BMD general manager Scott Power said about 80 per cent of work on the fairways for holes 10, 11, 12, 13 and 17 was done.

The layout included a 489-metre 13th-hole fairway. Greens will be planted last, from seed, in the final stage.

The golf course will return two water bodies that were once connected to the Bulimba Creek to the network.

“We’ve now started to mulch the conservation areas and we are starting to put in the tree tube stock,” Mr Power said.

“A lot of work has gone into enhancing the environmental significance of the site, whether that is the marine ecology or the squirrel glider habitat.

“A key feature of the development is really that environmental focus and providing that environmental outcome for the community.”

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MARCH 25, 2021

High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) has unveiled a new strategy to drive New Zealand’s high performance system through major shifts in investment, wellbeing and engagement, and performance pathways between now and 2024.

The strategy is backed by more than $273 million of investment including an additional $31.2 million in Government funding through the Sport Recovery Package.

Introducing the strategy, HPSNZ Chief Executive, Michael Scott advised that while New Zealand has achieved tremendous success in recent years, the system cannot stand still, and this strategy is the first step in a 12-year evolution of high performance sport for the country.

Explaining that it is also designed to advance the system’s recovery from COVID-19 through exploring ways to work differently and better, Scott commented "this new strategy had its beginnings in the 2032 High Performance System Strategy, which was developed through extensive consultation and collaboration with people across the high performance system. We are now setting out the first four years of that 12-year journey.

“The strategy also outlines a new vision for HPSNZ – Inspiring Performance Every Day - which reflects the effect high performance sport has in bringing New Zealanders together and inspiring us as individuals in our daily lives."

“With Brisbane now the preferred candidate to host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the prospect of these events so close to home gives us an added reason to work hard on improving our system and the success it can deliver. Brisbane 2032 could be an amazing celebration of high performance sport in New Zealand.”

HPSNZ’s new strategy brings to life three key shifts identified in the 2032 High Performance System Strategy: Performance Pathways, around which the strategy is anchored, together with Funding & Investment and Wellbeing & Engagement. Each shift is supported by a number of major initiatives.

Here Scott noted "we believe this strategy is a game-changer for HPSNZ and New Zealand’s high performance system. It comes with a significant boost in funding and major changes in how we invest in and work with partners. We will be working with a greater number of sports, athletes and coaches in more places around the country, and with a stronger focus than ever on athlete wellbeing."

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LANE ONE: The IOC is not asleep; its new bidding system is designed avoid its current problems with Beijing 2022 and human rights

March 24, 2021

It’s pretty clear that the International Olympic Committee’s return to China as the host for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 is going to be on a rocky road.

Elected officials in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the U.S. and others have called for the Games to be moved because of the actions of the Chinese government against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province, termed “genocide,” as well as other issues.

In the latest move, U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida) wrote to IOC sponsors asking them to insist than the 2022 Winter Games be moved. Fox News reportedthat Scott’s letter was sent to “Airbnb, Alibaba Group, Allianz, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, DOW, General Electric, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.”

In his letter, sent on Tuesday (23rd), Scott stated:

“As a sponsor of the IOC, you are uniquely positioned to join in this fight and demand the IOC stand for human rights and remove the games from Communist China, or lose your sponsorship and support. …

“I am sure you agree the crimes committed by General Secretary Xi are horrific. We cannot give a nation that is so overtly abusing human rights a platform to whitewash its crimes by hosting the Olympic Games. Therefore, I am asking you to stand for human rights and freedom, and use your considerable leverage as a sponsor of the 2022 Olympic Games to publicly urge the IOC to move the games to a nation that values human dignity and freedom.”

While Scott expressed confidence that the Games will be moved – he does not support a boycott of the Games – that’s hardly likely. But that does not mean that athletes are not conflicted or unaware; American skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin saidin an interview earlier this month:

“The Olympics is big, and it’s something that you shoot for, and you don’t want to miss it.

“And you certainly don’t want to be put in the position of having to choose between human rights, like morality versus being able to do your job, which on the other hand can bring light to some issues or can actually bring hope to the world at a very difficult time.”

And there are excellent ways for governments to show their displeasure with the government of China in and around the Games. Senior IOC member Dick Pound of Canada, in an editorial earlier this month on the subject, noted:

“With all due respect, Governments know perfectly well how to deliver strong messages of displeasure with the actions of other Governments. Chinese invitations to any Olympic-related events can be refused, Government officials can be instructed not to attend any Olympic events, ambassadors can be recalled for consultations during the Games, international trade and other agreements can be enforced and visa requirements can be reviewed.

“Governments acting in concert can easily take steps of that nature. And also, with respect, China can consider taking some steps to mitigate the reputational damage from certain aspects of its conduct: the world is too interconnected for any country, including China, to exist in isolation.”

What has not been widely noticed is that the IOC has taken important steps to try to ensure that the Games are not awarded in the future to a country which could become a controversial host.

Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Games in 2015, winning 44-40 over Almaty (KAZ) in a “lesser of two evils” choice after European favorites Oslo (NOR), Krakow (POL), Stockholm (SWE) and Lviv (UKR) all withdrew, worried over the costs involved.

The flight of the potential European hosts for the Winter Games was especially hard to take for the IOC, and President Thomas Bach (GER) got busy changing the rules.

The first step was transparency, with the IOC publicly posting in March of 2017 – for the first time – its Host City Contract prior to the selection of the host, and guaranteeing in writing its financial and value-in-kind contribution to the Games. For Paris in 2024, that’s $855 million in broadcast revenue, $410 million in sponsorship revenue and in-kind services adding up to a total of $1.7 billion U.S. The IOC has released the Host City Contracts for 2026 (Milan-Cortina) and 2028 (Los Angeles) as well.

The second, crucial step came in October 2019 with the naming of “Future Host Commissions” for both the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games, creating an “open dialogue” with cities or regions interested in a future Games.

After the 24 February news conference after Brisbane, Australia had been selected for “targeted dialogue” with a view to being named as the host for the 2032 Olympic Games, Bach underscored again the need for the new approach:

“We had to face there a situation where we could see that because the candidates were put against each other in this kind of contest, that we had exponentially less and less candidates because the candidates were being eliminated or losing a vote [and] could not justify towards their community to come back with another candidature right after. …

“And these were the reasons why we said we have to change this procedure and, there again, to follow the examples from the business world or other sports events organizers where you avoid this kind of situation, where one candidate is attacking the other, and ‘I am better here’ and ‘I am better here and the best’. I don’t need to explain [to] you; you have experience enough, having followed all these procedures, but I can understand that this is interesting for journalists, for media to follow such a situation. But you also know from this work that this was not the best procedure, neither for the future of the Games, nor for the reputation of the IOC.”

What was not said – but was obvious to anyone looking closely – is that this new procedure can be used to shape the IOC’s path toward hosts who will not engender the issues that China is now.

In a program of elections, with open entries and fixed deadlines for submittals, evaluations and votes, any country can force its way onto the ballot. Bach’s IOC, fixated on being a “values-based organization” in line with United Nations recommendations and regulations, is more attentive now than ever with where its events will go. And with some good luck, look where the post-2022 Games are headed, to leading western democracies:

 2022 Winter: Beijing, China (direct election in 2015)
 2024 Olympic: Paris, France (by acclimation by agreement)
 2026 Winter: Milan-Cortina, Italy (by direct election in 2019)
 2028 Olympic: Los Angeles, USA (by acclimation by agreement)
 2030 Winter: unknown as yet
 2032 Olympic: Brisbane, Australia “targeted” (could be agreed in 2021)

Further, the 2026 Youth Olympic Games will go to Dakar (SEN), giving Africa its first-ever, major IOC event, with the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games to Gangwon, Korea, using many of the venues from the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang and helping to support the legacy of that event.

It’s worth noting that even with the doping sanctions through most of 2022 on Russia that there will still be World Cup events held in that country and even a couple of world championships – shooting and sport climbing, for example – with little international notice taken. Only the Olympic Games draw enough attention to count at all.

And while there are those who miss the bidding free-for-all that began in 1985 and may well have ended in 2019 – including potential 2032 bidders in Germany, Hungary, India, Korea, Qatar and elsewhere – the future is clear that being aggressive, advanced and foresighted like Brisbane is now the ante.

That is, if – and only if – the IOC wants to place a Games in your country.

The re-elected Bach will serve through 2025 and by then, the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games will likely be placed, perhaps in Barcelona (ESP) and Salt Lake City, Utah? It’s too early for 2036.

But add to the accomplishments of Bach’s tenure a new approach which allows the IOC to skirt the inevitability of handing more high-profile events to authoritarian regimes because of a lack of candidates.

The question going forward may not be who is talking to the IOC, but who the IOC leadership and staff might be reaching out to via its membership as future hosts?

Rich Perelman

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Rick Scott is so hypocritically laughable that it really isn’t funny anymore. He should be preaching all that nonsense to his own party before he starts spewing it to outside organizations like the IOC. 

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“The first was transparency” - oh really? That’s why everything for ‘32 was done behind closed doors, right? That’s the exact opposite of ‘transparency’. I also don’t see how the ‘new bidding process’ would exclude controversial hosts in the future, when the IOC was still able to do that on their own before. That’s what the short-list was for in the old process. They told Do-haha & Baku-ku several times to take a hike that way. Plus, how do you still get countries involved, that aren’t ‘controversial’, if they’re still not interested? Perfect example, Germany’s Rhine-Rhur. 

Bottom line, the IOC is in the predicament that it’s in right now with Beijing, because they actually chased all their ‘preferred bidders’ away. They almost had Oslo 2022 right in the bag, until they didn’t, with their ridiculous 800 page-plus demands. That’s when the Norwegians said, “thanks, but no thanks then”. And then the IOC was like - now WTF do we do?! We’re left with a “big douche & turd sandwich” :lol: because we’re such gluttons (that was of course after they chastised the Norwegians for telling them (the IOC) to take a hike)!

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Northern Rivers ignite torches in support of Brisbane Olympic bid

Credit: Sydney News Today

26 March 2021

Business NSW has marked the Northern Rivers business approval for the Queensland Government’s bid for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and subsequent approval by the International Olympic Committee as Brisbane’s preferred host city. 

Given the proximity of the Northern Rivers to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, it’s an ideal place to cash out the possible overflows of the Olympics. 

This can be anything from a pre-event host team to an investment in the tourism industry created by such a large global event. 

“Northern Rivers NSW is just 1.5 to 2 hours on a scenic drive from Brisbane. We believe this is both a game opportunity and a game opportunity,” said Business NSW Northern Rivers Regional Manager, Jane Lavati. 

“We cannot underestimate the importance of such events in the region. Opportunities to be seen on the world stage, to demonstrate world-class hosting capabilities and desirable destinations for visitors and investors.

“Northern Rivers is Brisbane for its enviable natural beauty with visitor hospitality, access and connectivity to airports from multiple origins, and a track record of attracting a wide audience (forgiving puns). There are important factors needed to add value to your bid.

“We are enthusiastic about a cooperative cross-border strategy with Queensland, and if we bid successfully, we not only guarantee the best game ever, but also SE Queensland and the Northern Rivers. We want to guarantee a game that can leave a true legacy in the NSW region. Bringing together its diligent business community.

Officially known as the XXXV Olympic Games, the 2032 Summer Olympics is an international multi sport event.

The International Olympic Committee will support successful bids for approximately US $ 1.8 billion, and new rules agreed in 2019 will make bid cities more dependent on existing facilities and increase flexibility by spreading gaming activities throughout the region.

“To understand the benefits of enabling improved infrastructure and transportation, just look at the legacy of the Sydney Olympics. If the bid is successful, we’re happy to focus on the region,” Mrs Lavati said. 

“We also know that young, up-and-coming athletes watching the Tokyo Olympics in July of this year dream of the opportunity to fight in their own country in 2032.”

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One-stop-shop for QAS athletes

Credit: Queensland Government

Published 25 March 2021 at 11:25 AM

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and discus athlete Matt Denny get started on demolition work at QSAC's indoor court.

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and discus athlete Matt Denny get started on demolition work at QSAC's indoor court.

Work has started on a $9.8 million one-stop-shop for the Queensland Academy of Sport’s (QAS) elite athletes at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC) in Nathan. 

Member for Toohey Peter Russo said the upgrade would deliver a new era for QSAC.

“This is the start of an exciting transformation as a training centre for elite athletes and sports science hub,” Mr Russo said.

“It puts in place modern infrastructure for the success of Queensland and Australian athletes.

“As well as a centre of excellence at QSAC that makes Queensland the place to be for training overseas athletes who also contribute to our economic recovery.”      

Equipped with sledgehammers, Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Olympic discus athlete Matt Denny kicked off the partial demolition of QSAC’s indoor basketball hall. 

“After a couple of rounds with a sledgehammer there’s no mistaking this is a solid building with a Brisbane sporting pedigree,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“The indoor court is under the old QE II grandstand which was the place to be to see the 1982 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and Matilda, the 13-metre winking kangaroo mascot.” 

Mr Hinchliffe said stage one of the renovations included converting the indoor court into a very large gym for training the Academy of Sport’s elite athletes in a COVID-safe environment. 

“Large sections of the exterior wall are being demolished for over-sized windows to flood the new gym with natural light,” he said  

“Built into the new gym’s design are lifting platforms for para-athletes. 

“QSAC’s smaller, existing gym area will become the centre of the Academy’s scientific work with upgraded biomechanical and physiological testing, a blood lab and instrumented running track.   

“We hope the QSAC upgrade gives athletes preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games the competitive edge to do Queensland proud on the world stage.”       

QAS Chief Executive Chelsea Warr said the benefits of the refurbished facilities and the expertise of the QAS Performance Support Teams will ensure Queensland remains a sporting powerhouse for national programs to leverage for years to come. 

“The refurbishment won’t just benefit our QAS athletes, but also National High-Performance programs which are considering basing in Queensland both pre and post Tokyo,” said Ms Warr. 

“QAS will be a one-stop-shop for athletes moving from the gym into our health suites to access physio, medical and dietetic services. 

“Our world-class analysts and physiologists will also benefit from the purpose-built facilities and Performance Support Teams will be able to deliver targeted services to our athletes and national programs.” 

QSAC Venue Manager Angus Macdonald said the upgraded facility would help boost the complex’s ability to cater for high-performance athletes. 

“QSAC was centre stage in the 1982 Commonwealth Games and we hope to play a big role in all high-performance sporting opportunities, whether as a host venue or as a training hub for future Queensland medal hopefuls,” Mr Macdonald said. 

“It’s great to be able to support the QAS with world-class facilities and add to the suite of amenities and equipment on-site that simultaneously support high-performance athletes, build pathways for junior athletes and assist with community sport.” 

Work is expected to be finished in early July.

Mr Hinchliffe said the $9.8 million refurbishment would be an added asset for ‘targeted dialogue’ with the International Olympic Committee about a potential Queensland Games in 2032.    

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The Olympic flame starts its final leg to Tokyo. Some suggest this day should never have come


25 March 2021

By Emiko Jozuka, Blake Essig, Junko Ogura and Daniel Campisi, CNN

It was meant to be a curtain-raiser for thousands of sports fans, a celebration of Japan's recovery from nuclear disaster 10 years ago that would showcase a country emerging strongly from years of economic gloom.

But the Grand Start of the Olympic Torch Relay in Fukushima was closed to the public on Thursday, as members of Japan's women's football team prepared to kick off the flame's 121-day domestic journey to Tokyo.

Amid the pandemic, anyone not among the 300 invited participants and officials could only watch a livestream of the event at Fukushima's J-Village National Training Center.

In 2011, the site was used as an operational base for relief efforts following the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11 that year. Tokyo 2020 organizers chose Fukushima as the torch relay's starting point to highlight the region's recovery from the triple disaster. From there, 10,000 runners will carry the torch through Japan's 47 prefectures in a show of national unity.

But in recent weeks, the positive narrative has stalled. Some Fukushima residents argue the region has far from recovered. Several celebrity torchbearers, who were expected to attract large crowds along the relay's route, have pulled out of the event, citing concerns over Covid-19.

In February, the western Shimane prefecture even threatened to cancel torch relay events if coronavirus cases didn't fall, according to local media reports, which said a decision would be made in April.

Last week, Olympic organizers said the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games, now scheduled for July 23 to August 8, would go ahead without any overseas spectators. The Paralympics, from August 24 to September 5, would also not be welcoming traveling fans, they said.

With costs and logistical challenges mounting amid the pandemic, public support for the blockbuster sporting event has fallen to an all-time low in Japan. Earlier this year, a poll by public broadcaster NHK showed 77% of those surveyed want the Tokyo Games either canceled or postponed further.

As the pandemic continues to roil the world and organizers grapple with the complexities of holding the mega sporting event later than planned, many are asking if the Olympics have lost their luster.

Tarnished spectacle

At its core, the modern Olympics -- first held in Athens in 1896 -- symbolize peace, harmony and solidarity between nations, according to organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

But it would be hard to find an example of an Olympic Games free from political, economic or cultural scandal, according to Lee Jung-woo, an expert on sports diplomacy and international relations at the University of Edinburgh.

Lee cites as examples the Nazi propaganda-tarnished 1936 Berlin Olympics, and Mexico City in 1968, when the Games followed a military massacre of unarmed civilians protesting against the event being held there.

He also highlighted Montreal, where taxpayers took three decades to pay off the debts for hosting the 1976 Summer Games.

Pandemic problems aside, Tokyo 2020 has also been hit by scandals, including an allegedly plagiarized Olympic logo to the resignation of the organizing committee president over sexist comments about women.

Another issue is that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- who resigned in August -- initially intended to use the Olympics as a platform to build his reelection campaign, tainting the public perception of the Games from the start, according to Simon Chadwick, director of Eurasian Sport at Emlyon Business School in France.

"I don't think there was ever any popular consensus or agreement across Japan that the country needed to host the Olympic Games," he said.

In Fukushima, feelings toward the Olympics are mixed.

The relay is a moment of personal triumph for Takayuki Ueno, 46, a torchbearer from Minamisoma city whose 8-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son, and parents died in the 2011 tsunami. "I am going to run with a smile, so that my parents and children that I lost won't worry about me," he said.

High school student, Ryoji Sakuma, was only able to return to Katsurao village three years ago when evacuation orders lifted. The 16-year-old torchbearer helps out on his family's dairy farm and said he wanted to show the world how much Fukushima had recovered, and that, despite rumors, its produce is safe to eat.

But Saki Ookawara, spokeswoman for an organization that advocates for evacuees displaced by the nuclear meltdown, said the government is using the Olympics as a political tool to show Japan has overcome repercussions of the triple disaster, when that is not strictly the case.

Although many communities have rebuilt, there are as many as 35,703 nuclear evacuees still unable to return to their homes in Fukushima prefecture as of this month, according to the local government. "I don't understand why Japan is hosting an Olympics when the nuclear disaster has not been fully resolved," said Ookawara.

Spotlight on Japan

The entire symbolism of the Olympics and torch relay has changed amid the pandemic, according to Barbara Holthus, deputy director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies.

"The original idea for Tokyo was to show the world how cool Japan is -- it was an opportunity for the country to reimagine itself and to come together as one. Forty million visitors were expected to visit Japan in 2020 to give the country an economic boost -- but none of that is happening. The Olympics are failing in all instances," said Holthus.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games ever, with the one-year postponement of the event pushing the cost up at least $15 billion to total $25 billion, according to Japanese media reports.

Pulling off the world's most complex sporting event, involving more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries who must be kept safe, will also be no easy feat.

Organizers are now racing to determine how Tokyo can stage the event safely, especially considering the capital only lifted its third state of emergency on Monday following a third wave of infections.

Authorities must figure out how to protect not only athletes, but also citizens of the world's most populous metropolitan area, a daunting task considering Japan's huge elderly population and its slower-than-expected rollout of coronavirus vaccines.

Ayako Kajiwara, a nurse who works in a hospital near Tokyo, said she hoped vaccinations would be sped up in the country to better protect the population. "Some people in Japan think the Games should be canceled (but) others have already bought tickets for events," she said.

"For me, the Olympics represents the idea of the world coming together and I'd like to have some hope. I worry what will happen if it doesn't go ahead as the taxpayers might bear the burden," she added.

As Tokyo 2020 will be the first mega sporting event held during the pandemic, the health and safety measures implemented -- whether successful or not -- could serve as useful markers for future international sporting competitions.

"In that sense, Tokyo's anti-coronavirus programme would be marked as a long-lasting legacy of this Olympic Games," said Lee.

Olympic legacy

The most successful Games are those designed to leave behind a positive legacy, according to Chadwick, the sports business expert.

For instance, the Barcelona Summer Games in 1992 spurred the city's urban regeneration as the remodeling of the waterfront development of the Olympic Village and harbor made beaches accessible to the public. Subway systems were extended and roads connecting the city were turbocharged, according to a report published in the journal Environment and Planning.

Similarly, nine years after hosting the 2012 Olympics, London has managed to draw business and visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -- a former post-industrial district in the east of the British capital.

Lee, the sports diplomacy expert, said the 2024 Summer Games in Paris followed by the Los Angeles Games in 2028 show Western democracies still want to host the Olympics.

However, as host countries and their populations factor in the high economic and environmental costs of the Olympics, it is authoritarian regimes that have embraced the Games as a soft-power tool.

"Non-liberal emerging powers tend to stage the Olympics at all costs in order to impress world audiences," said Lee.

For instance, China had never hosted the Olympics prior to 2008. But some 14 years after hosting its inaugural Summer Olympics, Beijing will become the first city to stage both Summer and Winter editions of the Games, in February 2022 -- an event, if successful, that could validate its authoritarian system, according to observers.

Future Games

In 2019, the IOC mapped out new rules that would require future bidders for Olympic host city to win a referendum at home before entering the race.

That move aimed to cut back on expensive bidding races and prevent wasteful "white-elephant" projects that cost a fortune to build but serve little purpose in the long run.

For instance, Beijing's famous "Bird's Nest" stadium, built for the 2008 Games at a cost of $460 million, is not widely used today.

The rule changes may also pave the way for smaller cities to join the bidding for host city, Lee said.

The IOC's choice of Brisbane, provincial capital of Australia's Queensland, as "preferred host" for the 2032 Summer Games, shows the direction of the Olympics has already shifted, according to Lee.

Lee said the IOC picked Brisbane because the city had already hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games jointly with the Gold Coast, also in Queensland. "This means that Brisbane does not have to build new sporting facilities and athlete villages. This would make the Olympic Games in Brisbane a more sustainable choice than any other candidate cities for the 2032 Olympics," Lee said.

Additionally, Australia is one of the few Covid-safe nations in the world now, and this situation may have added a more competitive edge to Brisbane's Olympic campaign, he said.

Back near Tokyo, Kajiwara, the nurse, said last year she applied for a lottery, which covered 10 sports such as basketball, soccer, rhythmic gymnastics and track. She got a coveted ticket to watch the men's 100-meter final. She just hopes she can still go.





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Australian Olympic Committee relaunch programme to find inspiring young sports leaders

Credit: Inside The Games

By Michael Houston

Tuesday, 23 March 2021


The AOC has launched its Australian Olympic Change-Maker series for a third year ©AOC

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has started a search for some of the country's most inspiring young sports leaders, with its Australian Olympic Change-Maker programme.

Open to all secondary schools around Australia, the programme celebrates students who live the Olympic spirit through leadership and use the power of sport to bring communities together.

This search comes as communities look to return to sport in the country following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The programme is set to enter its third year.

"I'm thrilled to open nominations for the Australian Olympic Change-Maker programme in 2021," said AOC chief executive Matt Carroll.

"Over the last two years of the programme, I've been inspired by the ideas, enthusiasm and impact students recognised as Olympic Change-Makers have had on their communities.

"Students from the regions to capital cities, who are using sport to make the lives of people in their community better each day.

"With the potential of a home Games on the horizon and a decade runway of opportunity for Australia, the students of today will have an incredible input on Australia's future.

"I look forward to again receiving the ideas from young leaders in 2021 and encourage all teachers to nominate students who are inspiring their local communities."

Australia could host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after the International Olympic Committee said Brisbane was its preferred candidate.

Nominated students for the programme will attend a state-wide virtual Olympic Forum where they will learn first-hand from Olympians and collaborate with other young leaders.

They will work together in areas such as promoting equality and diversity, sustainability, regional engagement and empowering young Australians.

Those in attendance could have the opportunity to be selected by a panel of Olympians to attend the National Olympic Change-Maker Summit.

"This incredible programme will empower and inspire you - to move, to learn and to discover whilst staying focused on your goals and maintaining your motivation for influencing change," said Olympic Change-Maker host and Olympic swimming silver medallist Brooke Hanson.

Nominations are open to all Australian high school students, with each school being able to nominate up to two students each from years 10 to 12.


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