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  • Next Australian Bid Decades Away; Shanghai Weighs 2028


    It may be awhile before Australia sees an Olympic celebration like the one it hosted in Sydney in 2000. (Getty Images)
    IOC vice president John Coates says Olympic bids cost too much, ruling out an Australian bid for decades to come.

    He made the comments while speaking to reporters at the Olympic Council of Asia meeting over the weekend.

    Coates said the costs are partly because the IOC demands complex bids, loaded with information.

    “We shouldn’t be so demanding at that stage,” he said.

    He cited a recent study that estimated costs for Olympic bids could run as much as $60 million and compared that to Sydney’s successful 2000 Olympic bid, which cost “around $25 million” and had the entire IOC visit.

    The costs are part of the reason he would not support another Australian Olympic bid. Coates is president of the Australian Olympic Committee.

    “You have to have a commitment I think, if you fail, to go once or twice again. I’d rather see that if that sort of money is available from the government, that it is put into sport. We’re not ready for it.

    “I don’t think it will come our way until the 2030s.”

    Should Brisbane continue to develop its infrastructure, he predicts that city will be nominated to bid, not Sydney or Melbourne.

    Shanghai Considers 2028 Bid
    A Shanghai Communist party official said the city should consider bidding for the 2028 Olympics.

    Representative Wang Xiaoshu was quoted by the South China Morning Post telling a meeting of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Political Consultative Congress that an Olympics would raise Shanghai’s international presence.

    “If Shanghai makes a bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics, the bidding process, and Shanghai’s transformation and upgrade … will help raise the quality of society, culture and ecology [in the city],” he said.

    Beijing Bid "Serious, Responsible"

    Zhangjiakou would co-host the Games with Bejing. (Getty Images)
    China's 2022 bid for the Winter Games is "serious and responsible," according to a senior Chinese sports official.

    Chinese Olympic Committee vice president Yang Shu'an made the comments at a Tuesday press briefing, according to Xinhua.

    China announced last November that Beijing and Zhangjiakou would launch a bid to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing would host the ice events, while Zhangjiakou would host snow sports.

    Yang also mentioned that the country is tackling its air pollution problem, and that Zhangjiakou "has the best air quality of all Chinese cities north of the Yangtze River."

    Written by Ed Hula III and Nick Devlin

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