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    The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed today’s briefing session for the Queensland delegation at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    IOC President Thomas Bach hosted the Queensland delegation led by Premier Annastacia Palazczuk, with Federal MP Ted O’Brien (representing the Prime Minister), Mayor Mark Jamieson (representing the Council of Mayors, South East Queensland CoMSEQ), Federal MP Milton Dick and John O’Neill AO, Chairman of the Star Entertainment Group.

    AOC President John Coates AC says today’s exchange was a successful and critical next step in Queensland’s consideration of launching a candidature for the 2032 Olympic Games.

    “Across a range of critical areas, the delegation gained vital insights into the IOC’s thinking about what a Games candidature looks like and how the IOC’s vision for the Game can align with Queensland’s vision for the state’s future.”

    “The overwhelming message the Queensland team can take home is that putting together a viable candidature is very much a partnership between the potential host and the IOC.

    “The IOC team could not have been more helpful in providing expert insight into where the Olympic movement is heading, how the Olympic sports programme works, Games funding and the risks and opportunities Queensland should consider.

    Mr Coates said Queensland’s considerations received a strong endorsement from President Bach and his staff.

    “There’s a strong recognition of Australian expertise and the considerable benefits that a Queensland Games could deliver.”

    “It was useful for all delegation members to hear first-hand the IOC’s focus on reducing costs, reducing complexity, risk and waste. Equally, a successful candidature needs to concentrate on delivering flexibility, sustainability and efficiency in a partnership with the IOC.

    “I think we all understand that the Queensland community must be kept informed and engaged throughout the process ahead. The warmth and welcoming attitude of the Queensland people is a wonderful asset.

    “To have the united leadership at federal, state and local government level sends a powerful signal. The delegation showed great unity of purpose and demonstrated that Queensland can make a compelling case.

    “Today’s exchange of information will certainly help strengthen that case, should Queensland decide to proceed with a candidature,” Mr Coates concluded.

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