Victorian Premier Denis Napthine is backing a bid from Melbourne to host an Olympic Games. He said Thursday, “we are a sporting city. We’ve got fantastic facilities. We are well placed to deliver a major sporting event like the Olympic Games”.
The Committee for Melbourne, an assembly of leaders from academic business and community fields, is also supporting an Olympic Bid.
Chief executive Kate Roffey said, “Melbourne has collectively the best array of sport facilities close to the CBD of any city in the world, so we’re perfectly positioned to head an Olympic Games”.
Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympic Games, the first time the event was held in the southern hemisphere.
Roffey said, “I definitely think an Olympics is on the agenda. Our advantage is that we’ve been at the upper echelons of the Olympics for a long time. We should bid for them, and I think we are ideally positioned to go for another Games”.