AOC president throws support behind Gabba development rethink

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The head of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has said more “creative solutions” should be considered in place of the current plans to rebuild the Gabba ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

AOC president Ian Chesterman said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) emphasised future Games must be both affordable and sustainable.

“We believe there are other, more creative solutions than rebuilding the Gabba for the Games which provide a legacy for our sports and even greater access for fans to an exceptional Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.

“We will put these ideas to the review committee.”

Former Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk is heading a 60 day review into the plans ordered by Premier Steven Miles.

Chesterman’s comments that the IOC would prefer host cities to utilise existing infrastructure follows IOC vice president John Coates telling The Courier-Mail “we should abandon the Gabba”.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the $2.7 billion redevelopment plan was “dead, buried and cremated”.

“In the end all of this has happened because we stood up and we said this needs another look,” Schrinner said.

“I’m glad the state government has come on board, I’m glad John Coates is backing us up as well.

“There’s got to be a better option than wasting $2.7 billion on one stadium.”