|Adelaide Contemplating 2030 Commonwealth Games Bid|
Sunday, 08 July 2012 21:58
South Australian businessman Rob Gerard, has revealed his plans to bring a Commonwealth Games to Adelaide, Australia.
Speaking at the Premier's Olympic Games Appeal dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday night, Mr Gerard - owner of Adelaide United and a patron of the Crows - said a successful bid for the 2030 games would leave a legacy of world-class sporting facilities for future generations.
Gerard said, "Sydney's had one, Melbourne's had one, Brisbane has had one, Perth's had one", referring to the fact that Adelaide is the only mainland state capital to never have hosted an Olympic or Commonwealth Games.
He added, "it's time to do it. Previous governments didn't do it but with (Premier) Jay (Weatherill), we are going to do it".
The Sunday Mail reported last month that Gerard and key players in South Australian sport were putting together a committee to build the case for Adelaide to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
On Friday Gerard said a 2030 bid would be the next chance an Australian city will have to host the event.
But he didn't mention any specific details of a bid, such as the site for the athlete's village or the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Daily Telegraph reports that on Friday a well-placed Government source confirmed the Weatherill Government would "probably" support the bid, but was conscious that, for a 2030 bid, they would be long gone from office.
Also some of Adelaide's facilities may be outdated by 2030, said the source.