IOC President and Australian PM discuss sport, society and a potential Aussie bid for 2028

29 Apr 2015

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today met Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra.

President Bach described the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 as “one of the most successful”, and Games that “all Australians could be proud of”.

The two leaders discussed the role that sport can play in society.

Prime Minister Abbott said that “sport can give a valuable purpose and a unifying force to build a better world”.

They discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the importance of including sport in the final declaration.

Joined by Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates, they also discussed a possible Australian bid for the Olympic Games in 2028.

Prime Minister Abbott said that Australia would “carefully consider” a bid, possibly by the city of Brisbane. The AOC has asked for a feasibility study, with Queensland mayors already coming out in favour of a project. Australian Minister of Health and Sport Sussan Ley and three-time Olympic gold medallist James Tomkins (rowing, Australia) also joined the talks.

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