Bach backs Australia bid for 2028 Olympics
By Nick Mulvenney
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2028 would have a good chance of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) earlier this month offered its backing to a prospective bid for the 2028 Olympics by a group of mayors from southeast Queensland, centered on the city of Brisbane.
Bach said he had met Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier on Wednesday and discussed a future Games in Australia to follow the success of the Melbourne Games in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
"A bid from Australia would enjoy a lot of sympathy and would have a very good chance of winning," the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told a news conference in Sydney.
"This is for 2028, so it's a little bit premature to talk already. I also told the Prime Minister, I would do whatever I can (to make sure) Australia would not be alone in this race. They would enjoy a great competition.
"Because this is what Australians usually love, a great competition and then to win, maybe."
The German said Australia's great contribution to the Olympic movement through sports administrators and the country's famous love of sport would make a bid attractive and added that it would not be too soon for a return to the country.
"It would be 28 years after the Sydney Games, this is not too soon to come back to Australia and Oceania," he said. Continued...