Sport Brisbane Olympics push awaiting final tick
Rising Australian star Oliver Hoare runs one of the fastest 1500m ever but might not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
Australian star Oliver Hoare has run one of the fastest 1500m of all-time, but he still might not qualify for this year's Tokyo Olympics due to a loophole. The 24-year-old stormed home in the middle distance event at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York, winning in 3:32.35 - which is an Australian record and the sixth-fastest time ever. But despite beating the time to qualify for the Australian Olympic team in the event - by more than three seconds - Hoare may still miss the plane to Tokyo because of a quirk in the qualification rules.
Brisbane could be confirmed as the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics host city by July with influential Australian Games chief John Coates confident of getting the final vote over the line.
Aiming to be the third Australian city to host a Games, Brisbane's chances received a massive boost on Thursday when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed it as the preferred bidder and awarded exclusive negotiation rights ahead of its bidding rivals.
The IOC's new decision-making process is designed to be more streamlined and cost effective, shelving rival bids from the likes of Doha, Budapest, Istanbul and St Petersburg to focus on Brisbane.
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There are still some administrative hoops to jump through but Coates, who is also the IOC vice-president, is confident.
"The IOC now deal exclusively with us while we complete the questionnaire," he explained.
"The other cities who have shown interest have been parked ... it's significant recognition.
Video: Brisbane in the box seat to host 2032 Summer Games (ABC NEWS)
"It will go to a vote and we've got to get 50 per cent plus one - I'll be able to get those numbers."
Coates claims a Brisbane Games will be cost neutral, with the IOC and sponsorship deals set to cover the estimated $4.5 billion in operational costs.
A feasibility study this month proposed a 50,000-capacity Brisbane Olympic Stadium for ceremonies and athletics, as well as a 15,000-seat Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre to host basketball and a 15,000-seat Brisbane Arena for swimming and water polo as the three major wish list items.
Massive boost for Brisbane bid to host Olympic Games
Brisbane has been named the preferred city to host the 2032 Olympic Games.The 2032 Olympic Games are now Brisbane's to lose after IOC officials named the city preferred candidate to host the global sporting event.
These sports could be hosted at existing venues though and organisers are conscious of avoiding "white elephants" seen in countries like Brazil and Greece, once an Olympics has been held.
The Gold Coast, fresh off staging the Commonwealth Games in 2018, and Sunshine Coast would also act as event and village hubs, while soccer games could be held in stadiums across regional Queensland as well as at the Sydney Football Stadium and Melbourne's AAMI Park.
General city infrastructure upgrades are also underway or expected and would be necessary anyway to cope with the region's expected growth in the next 11 years.
If negotiations conclude successfully, Brisbane would be the third Australian city to host the Games after Melbourne had the honour in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Shiffrin says should not have to choose between 'morals' and job to compete at Games .
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