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Coast mayor spends up big on live site to steal some Olympic thunder

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Just as a hushed crowd of half a million Sydneysiders crammed into the Sydney Harbour foreshore waiting to hear famous words, ‘the winner is Sydney,’ the Gold Coast is aiming for its own iconic Olympic celebrations, investing $270,000 in a live site for the host city announcement.

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A city-wide invite has been issued to Gold Coasters to come together at Broadbeach on July 21 in anticipation of the announcement of the host destination for the 2032 Olympics.

And if images of cheering Gold Coasters celebrating along the city’s iconic beachfront at Kurrawa Park are beamed around the world, pipping Brisbane as representing the excitement and spectacle of the 2032 Olympic host city, it will be considered money well spent.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said today the live site would host the announcement from Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee to confirm the hosts for the 2032 Olympics.

“For it to be beamed right around the world, it will be a fine investment,” Tate said.

“Without the success of the Commonwealth Games and the SportAccord (World Sport and Business Summit), we wouldn’t be at the table. So, it will be a Gold Coast win.”

The winning host city for the 2032 Games will be revealed as the curtain is raised on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Brisbane 2032 bid was earlier this month rubber-stamped as the “irresistible” option by the IOC and sent to a full IOC vote to be confirmed as the host city.

But the Gold Coast has criticised the increasingly Brisbane-centric nature of the bid, claiming it has systematically dumped the regions from the initial south-east Queensland proposal, morphing instead into ‘Brisbane 2032’ in the sprint to the final announcement.

Tate said south-east Queensland would not even be in a position to launch an Olympic bid if it was not for the success of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and the “best ever” SportAccord conference for more than 1700 of the world’s most high-powered sporting executives held at the Gold Coast in 2019.

Tate has also pulled the Gold Coast from the Council of Mayors, a key bid alliance, after he was left out of the influential Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

The Gold Coast, however, will host 14 different events across seven facilities within the city, including weightlifting, volleyball, beach volleyball, judo, wrestling, golf, triathlon, aquatic (swimming marathon) and football preliminaries, if confirmed as hosts of the 2032 Games.

The Gold Coast live-site for the announcement is calling for crowds to gather from around 4:00pm on 21 July, ahead of the anticipated 6:00pm announcement.

“This is a chance to witness history if we do get the green light,’’ Tate said.

“We are all waiting in the hope that the south-east Queensland region will be announced as host destination for the 2032 Olympics.”

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