Australian Olympic boss rules out NZ element to Queensland’s 2032 bid

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Mr Coates said rules existed defining how much of a games could be held in a different country if decent facilities couldn’t be found in the host country, and Queensland would be able to provide excellent facilities.

“There are options for [a new stadium site]. There are four options for the rowing course, not all is finalised yet,” he said.

“And it may well be that we get to December when it goes to cabinet and there will be some things that will change in the six months before a final submission is made to the IOC.”

State Tourism Minister Kate Jones mentioned New Zealand in connection with the Queensland Olympic bid while taking questions at the Queensland Media Club on Wednesday.

“[The International Olympic Committee’s] willingness to allow us to host it over more locations, either in Queensland or indeed Australia, there’s been some talk about New Zealand…” Ms Jones said, then realised she’d mis-spoken.

“I shouldn’t say that in front of a whole bunch of journos, should I?” she said, laughing.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also hosed down the New Zealand suggestion at a media conference earlier on Thursday.

“There is no entertaining at all of New Zealand at all being part of the Queensland Olympics bid,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Premier and Mr Coates were both due to attend a meeting of the Olympics taskforce putting together the potential bid on Thursday afternoon, along with a number of other stakeholders including south-east Queensland mayors.

The final assessment on whether the bid will be viable, and whether it will potentially include any events held across the ditch, is set to be made to state cabinet before Christmas.

Mr Coates said the AOC was firmly behind a Queensland bid, as opposed to any other Australian-based Olympic bid, as long as the state could make the logistics work.

“[The Premier] is quite correctly saying that she needs to look at the cost to Queensland, and that is what she needs to take to cabinet in December,” he said.

Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.

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