Thu, Apr 13, 4:25pm by Head Editor
Melbourne has long been known as the sporting capital of Australia, if not the world, so news that the 2030 Commonwealth Games could be heading to the southern state is no surprise, but this time, the capital has nothing to do with the bid, with regional Victoria making a bid to host the Games alone.
The Greater Shepparton City Council is leading the pioneering bid, which would see the events shared between several Victorian regional centres and has opened with Sportsbet as a $4 favourite to get the nod, ahead of Canadian cities of Edmonton ($6) and Toronto ($7).
It’s estimated that $1 billion would be needed to fund the initiative, so should the bid succeed, the group of 11 regional Victorian cities, which includes – in addition to Shepparton – Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Mildura, Wodonga and Warrnambool, would receive a massive boost.
The 13-member team that are behind the bid comprises of former basketball star Lauren Jackson, former Olympic athlete John Steffensen and former Hawthorn footballer Nick Holland.
The group is backed by Melbourne billionaire Heloise Pratt and chaired by former Swisse executive Adem Karafili.
Sportsbet’s Will Byrne said “we’ve shown that no matter where in Australia, we know how to put on a show so this unusual bid could be yet another feather in our hosting hat.’’
2030 Commonwealth Games Host
$4.00 Regional Victoria
$10 Port Moresby
$21 Kuala Lumpur
$101 Gold Coast
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