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Australia keen to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

SUCCESS: Christine Ohuruogu won her first major gold medal in Australia

PERTH HAS been encouraged to throw its hat in the ring for the 2022 Commonwealth Games following South Africa being stripped of the privilege.

Western Australia’s Sports Minister Mick Murray has backed Perth to be considered for the multi-sport extravaganza amidst interest being shown by Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

The last time the region hosted the Games was in 1962 and with a new multi-purpose stadium being built Murray said hosting the event would put Perth on the map.

BENEFITS

“It doesn’t necessarily mean we are going to pick it up but we will certainly go through the process and see what the benefits are,” Murray told Western Australia’s Sunday Times.

“We know they are job creators. Certainly, it would put us on the map worldwide as well. We will have a new stadium, whereas many of the other countries will have to build a new stadium.

“That gives us a big advantage. It gives us a start. It puts us in a position where we don’t have to go out and find a billion dollars to start with.”

Perth’s Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi also told the Australian Associated:

“An event of the scale of the Commonwealth Games would further enhance Perth as a world class city and destination and greatly stimulate the economy”.

“The city of Perth would definitely support the Western Australian Government if it was to put forward a bid to host the Games,” she added.

Melbourne was the last Australian city to host the Commonwealth Games in 2006 where England’s Christine Ohuruogu won her first major gold medal in the 400m and next year sees the event head Down Under to the Gold Coast.

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