Thursday, October 6th, 2011
With five regional visits complete and only one to go the Bid team have farewelled the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board and are preparing for the final few weeks before the host city announcement.

The CGF Board spent three days on the Gold Coast experiencing the Regional Inbound Visit programme and looking at potential Games Family hotel options should the Bid be successful.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Bid Chairman Mark Stockwell said he was buoyed by the feedback from the Executive Board members who praised the Gold Coast for having a very strong and professional Bid.

“We enjoyed very good feedback during this visit and believe we are in a very positive position , however, we appreciate the advice given by the Board to stay focussed and committed right until the end.

“The support of the athletes, volunteers and the Australian community together with the excellent Gold Coast City infrastructure continues to reinforce the Evaluation Commissions low risk status for a 2018 Games in Gold Coast City,” Mr Stockwell said.

The Commonwealth Games Executive Board toured the Gold Coast’s major stadiums and sampled the ‘whole of Games’ experience Gold Coast City can provide athletes and spectators.

CGF Board Executive member, Ian Emmerson said the stadiums were a real eye opener and the City offered a superb location for a Games.

“It is obvious there is lots of experience in the city which will be an asset with Games planning,” Mr Emmerson said.

Mr Emmerson said the visibility of the Bid is incredible, indicative of the fact that people of the Commonwealth are very important and held in high esteem by Australians.

He said if the Bid was successful the Gold Coast would deliver a great Games.

CGF Honorary Legal Advisor, Sharad Rao said he had fond memories of his last visit to Queensland during the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games where the official role of Legal Advisor was introduced.

Mr Rao said he was surprised by the amount of infrastructure in place and how beautiful Gold Coast City is.

“You have such excellent facilities and so new,” he said.

He said the whole organisation is very impressive and a Games in Gold Coast City, if the Bid were successful, would no doubt be professionally organised.

The final delegation will include representatives from the Asia region and arrive in Gold Coast City on 20 October.

The host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be announced at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly on 11 November 2011 in St Kitts and Nevis. The community is invited to join us for the live announcement on 12 November 2011 at Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast City.