Australia to bid for 2018 Commonwealth Games despite floods

2011-04-07 09:09

Sydney – Australia’s worst floods on record will not deter the Gold Coast from bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said today.

Bligh said she and Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke would be in Malaysia on May 11 to submit the 240-page bid book.

She noted that Queensland had held the 1982 Commonwealth Games eight years after the 1974 flood and that the Commonwealth Games would be held eight years after December’s record downpours.

“I believe it’s important at times like these to back ourselves, to believe in ourselves, and to be out there and be competitive on the global stage,” she said.

The Gold Coast is 75km south of Brisbane.

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota is the only other 2018 contestant. Nigeria withdrew from the field last year.

Australia hosted the Games in Sydney in 1938, in Perth in 1962, in Brisbane in 1982 and in Melbourne in 2006.

India’s capital, New Delhi, was the host last year and Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, will be the venue in 2014.

The 1998 games in Kuala Lumpur were the first in Asia, with the Malaysian capital winning the hosting rights over Adelaide, Australia. 

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