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Melbourne 2028 Olympic bid?

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Melbourne is well placed to host another Olympic Games, according to Victorian Premier Denis Napthine, but he says a lot of work is required before deciding on a formal bid.

The Committee for Melbourne has called for the city to bid for the 2028 Games, but Dr Napthine was a little more cool on the idea.

“We are a sporting city. We’ve got fantastic facilities. We are well placed to deliver a major sporting event like the Olympic Games,” he told reporters on Thursday.

But Dr Napthine said any bid would need the support of state and federal governments.

“We tick many of the boxes, but you’d certainly need to do a lot of work before you went into a formal bidding process,” he said.

Dr Napthine said it would be expensive to bid for the Games so work would have to be done to see if there was a genuine prospect of success.

“We would want to make sure that there is broad support across the world community and the Olympic community before you went and spent large amounts of money,” he said.

Dr Napthine said Melbourne already had most of the infrastructure in place, but given it had already hosted the Games in 1956, as did Sydney in 2000, other cities could be ahead of it in the queue.

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