There is an old adage about being careful what one asks for, lest it is received.
That could be said of Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
In most instances, certainly for Queensland, which means Brisbane, the financial commitment beyond wining and dining the multitude of Olympic Committee members, is one involving multiple billions of dollars.
Whatever you choose to call it, Lang Park, Brisbane Stadium or Suncorp, the facility, while it has gone numerous renovations, spruce ups and upgrades over the years, was built between 1911 and 1914.
The climate in Brisbane would seem suitable, as the Summer Olympic Games would be held during the Queensland winter months, which would supply a temperate climate, ideal for outdoor sports.
It is not precisely accurate to call Suncorp old. It was given a major redevelopment in the early years of the 21st century. It has hosted the 2003 Rugby World Cup and many major events, the Summer Games come along during a stretch of months where the stadium sees little use, and if Queensland were to submit a successful bid, they could always send other tenants packing temporarily.
State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is leading the Queensland cheer squad and she recently announced that the Cabinet had “Given the green light to go to the next level for an Olympics in Queensland”.
The math skills of politicians are often lacking, so when Palaszczuk speaks of 20 years of accelerated opportunity for the state from a two-week stint as an Olympic host has us planting a grain of salt under our tongues.
The scheme involves bring other Queensland cities into the mix, with events planned for Cairns, Gold Coast and Townsville.
Queensland still needs an okay from the Feds in Canberra.
Melbourne hosted in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Thirty-two years seems the exact right amount of time to forget about the negative aspects of hosting the Olympic Games, some of which were sufficient that there have been in the past instances where the Olympic Committee courted a city, only to have the city say, “Thanks all the same, but pass.”