Australia Considers A Summer Olympic Bid

Fireworks over Sydney Harbor Bridge at 2000 Olympic Games

Fireworks over Sydney Harbor Bridge at 2000 Olympic Games

Australia is considering another bid for the Summer Olympics, possibly in 2028.  Melbourne and Sydney have already hosted the 1956 and 2000 Olympics, but now the country is throwing its support behind a possible bid from Brisbane and the surrounding areas in southeast Queensland.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said a group of seven mayors in the area had been given until the end of 2016 to decide whether or not to proceed with a bid.

Coates told Reuters in Kuala Lumpur Saturday, “the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has given the south-east Queensland cities – seven of them based around Brisbane – the opportunity to the end of next year to consider whether they want to bid.  During that time they will need to come to us with evidence of both the feasibility and the fact of having support of Queensland and Australian governments”.

The final decision on a 2028 Games bid will be made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2021.