Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has abandoned his push for the Gold Coast to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games saying there just wanted enough support from all levels of government to make it work.
The announcement comes soon after a formal letter of support from billionaire Gina Rinehart aand Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas on a two city proposal to host the Games.
“We did our best and that’s all people can expect,” Tate said. “Since announcing in July that the Coast was prepared to host the 2026 games, I have been overwhelmed by support from locals, sports administrators, businesses and athletes, all wanting to see the event saved.
“We also received fantastic support from great Australians like Gina Rinehart, Gerry Harvey and Katie Page. Yet we couldn’t generate support from the state or federal governments.”
Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) CEO Craig Phillips said Tate had been “an enthusiastic advocate” for the Commonwealth Games.
“But we understand the need of the Queensland Government to focus their efforts on the enormous opportunity that is Brisbane 2032,” he said.
“CGA, alongside our colleagues at the Commonwealth Games Federation, are working tirelessly to find an alternative solution for the athletes of Australia and the Pacific and conversations continue on four continents including here at home.”