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    Thomas Bach (left) and AOC president John Coates (Getty Images)
    (ATR) Next month, IOC president Thomas Bach and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) hope to secure the backing of Australia's federal government for a future Olympic bid.

    Bach is meeting with Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott on April 29.

    John Coates, AOC president and IOC vice president, told The Australian that there was never a hidden agenda behind next month's meeting. 

    Bach using his meeting with Abbott to discuss a Games bid is inevitable, Coates added.

    Even though Bach has urged the AOC to bid for the 2024 Olympics, the AOC says the earliest the country would bid for the Games is 2028 or 2032.

    The Council of Mayors in southeast Queensland will meet on Friday to vote on a Brisbane-centered regional bid for 2028, according to The Australian. 

    Melbourne hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics. (Getty Images)
    The 12-member council will most likely vote to proceed, and then it is up to the AOC to decide whether to back Brisbane or Melbourne, another contender for 2028.

    The 1956 Melbourne Olympics ran from Nov. 22-Dec. 8 and the city suggested a similar timetable in its failed bid for the 1996 Games. 

    A recent IOC decision could pose problems for a Melbourne bid--the IOC has ruled that no Olympics be staged beyond August. 

    However Nick Green, president of the Victorian Olympic Council, says another IOC policy could improve Melbourne's chances. 

    The policy Green is considering says the "organization of entire sports or disciplines outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country notably for reasons of geography and sustainability."

    Green asked The Australian, "If entire sports or disciplines can be staged outside the host city, why not have a bid from Australia, rather than just Brisbane or Melbourne? 

    Brisbane skyline (Getty Images)
    "Why couldn't the indoor sports be staged in Melbourne, the outdoor sports in Brisbane?"

    Coates said Brisbane, and any candidate city, still need to give the AOC a better picture of its potential bid plans, specifically its future infrastructure needs.

    "We would need to see any proposal fleshed out," Coates said.

    The AOC would need confirmation on ways in which venues will be dispersed across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Logan and Ipswich.

    Also, Coates said the primary location of the Olympic Village needs to be clarified as well as a proposed location for an Olympic Stadium.

    "That's probably the one big element missing from Brisbane," Coates said.

    Brisbane unsuccessfully bid to host the 1992 Summer Olympics with a proposal to stage the Games that year July-August.

    Written by Nicole Bennett

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