AOC Welcomes Commonwealth Games Opportunity for Victoria

AOC Welcomes Commonwealth Games Opportunity for Victoria

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The Australia Olympic Committee (AOC) has congratulated Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and the Victorian Government following today’s announcement that exclusive negotiations are being held with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CF) to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll welcomed the announcement.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for sport to contribute to Australia’s wellbeing. With Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic Games, we now have a second major home Games in prospect. The Olympic and Commonwealth Games share so many member sports.

“We have spoken about the green and gold runway leading into Brisbane 2032. To host a Commonwealth Games in 2026 would be a major marker on that runway.

“This year we have the FIBA Women’s World Cup (basketball) and the UCI Road World Championships (cycling). In 2023 the FIFA World Cup for women (football) and potentially Rugby World Cup (men) in 2027 – more major global sporting events are coming to Australia across the next ten years.”

Mr Carroll says these events that will deliver direct economic return to the country through tourism, infrastructure, technology, education and health.

“Sport brings health, educational and well being benefits to the community and can play a pivotal role in  getting Australians active, reducing obesity and other health related problems including mental illness.

“The intergenerational Review of Australian Sport predicted Australia will face $88 billion of extra health and social cost over the next 10 years if nothing is done about obesity – sport can help  avert this crisis.

“We want to assist Commonwealth, state and territory governments in addressing our intergenerational challenges. That’s why the sports industry is calling for a role in policy development.

“We need a National Sport Event Strategy for major sporting events to ensure benefits and legacy are maximised, “Mr Carroll concluded.

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