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Brisbane tipped to host Olympics

Brisbane tipped to host Olympics

Wed July 11, 2012 12:00am

BRISBANE will be the next Australian city to host an Olympic Games, according to our most influential sporting administrator.

Australia's Olympic supremo John Coates has told The Daily Telegraph the sunshine state could be a contender in 20 years.

"I think under the present IOC criteria, the most likely city is Brisbane," Coates said.

"The IOC is now saying that unless there are exceptional circumstances, they want the Games held in the July, August, September.

"It will be interesting to see how Brisbane develops between now and the 30s.

"You need to have in excess of 30,000 hotel rooms. For Brisbane, you could fudge it and throw in the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

"It's the best climate to host an Olympic Games in Australia in the window the IOC is now allowing.

"You've also got a better chance bidding for a city that hasn't had it before."

In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Telegraph, Coates also hit back at suggestions of a disaster in London on the Olympic medal tally.

He is now suggesting we can win more than 40 medals.

"We benchmark every year and it's pretty accurate,'' Coates explained.

"Before Sydney we benchmarked at 60 and got 58 medals. We were in one out of our benchmarking in '04 and '08, so it's reliable.

"Last year we went from 46 medals in '08 to 35 in our benchmarking.

"It was looking pretty gloomy late last year. On reflection, at the time, it said we had 35 fourth and fifth placegetters.

"The government found $4.5 million which they directed at projects to ensure the medallists the fourth and fifth placegetters could edge closer.

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