When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, the Tokyo 2020 games were postponed and are due to take place in July of this year.
Then reports emerged last week that the postponed games would be cancelled, although this was outright denied by the AOC, IOC and games organisers.
Now, reports have emerged that Florida has put their hand up to host the games!
Will the 2020 Olympics in 2021 even go ahead?
Fortunately, we’ve been able to come up with a list of Australian cities that could be able to step in at short notice to make sure this year’s Olympics goes ahead.
1 – GOLD COAST
Queensland to the rescue (again)
There’s no doubting that the GC did a fine job hosting the Commonwealth Games back in 2018 and the city has the runs on the board to pull off an event like the Olympics.
Queensland and the Gold Coast in particular played a major role in ensuring that the 2020 AFL Season went ahead, hosting the majority of teams living in hubs and Metricon Stadium hosted 47 AFL matches.
The state intends to bid for the 2032 Games, so why not seize the opportunity to have the Olympics in the Sunshine State right here, right now!
Just make sure nobody who organised the Closing Ceremony back in 2018 stays well away from them.
The only way Geelong can host the Olympics is if the city only hosts the qualifying events, with all gold medal events/finals held at the MCG no matter the circumstances.
They wouldn’t have it any other way
3 – CHRISTMAS ISLAND
There’s nothing Christmassy what-so-ever about the place, but they do already have a ready-made Olympic village good to go and is a terrific place for a stay at hotel quarantine.
4 – DUBBO
Dubbo has wanted to host the games since 1988, as clearly demonstrated by the D-Generation. 32 years later, now is their chance!
(It’s a bit “problematic” as the kids would say these days)
5 – FRANKSTON
Everyone’s favourite Melbourne/Mornington peninsula bayside suburb would be a great place for the Olympics.
Sports like Boxing, Karate, Weightlifting and shooting can simply be held on the streets.
One of the local identites can light the Olympic flame with their cigarette lighter and Dermott Brereton can read the oath.
All the streotypes can be factored in!
Tones and I lives in a massive mansion in the area and can make herself available to sing Dance Monkey at the Opening Ceremony at Frankston Oval – the home of VFL side the Dolphins.
6 – DAPTO
The much-beloved Dapto Dogs track would easily convert into the Olympic Stadium; hosting the opening/closing ceremonies along with the athletics and Football final.
The Dapto Dogs were almost gone forever last year, but were fortunately saved.
If Dapto can host the Thursday night Dishlickers, it can host the Olympics.
7 – PERTH
The good people of WA are actually on the same timezone as Tokyo and have a pretty damn impressive shiny, new stadium.
Perth has a reputation for overpriced food, FIFO workers and having a chip on their shoulder for the rest of Australia.
Perth also hosted the 1962 British Empire (Commonwealth) Games.
However, given WA Premier Mark McGowan’s unique way of playing hard to get when bidding for the AFL Grand Final last year, the good folk at the IOC may snub WA.
Should Perth be snubbed, nobody tell WA Federal Labor MP Matt Keogh.
He didn’t take the losing AFL Grand Final bid well.
This ad featuring Johnny Farnham singing about Rundle Mall proves exactly what would be instaleld for an Opening Ceremony of the Adelaide Olympic games.
9 – A MARGINAL ELECTORATE
Remeber the Sports Rorts scandal?
If where you live happens to be a marginal electorate come federal election time – you’re in luck!
Simply apply for a grant from the federal government and BOOM!
There are the billions upon billions of dollars that you need are to host the games.
10 – TASSIE
The Apple Isle may not have an AFL team but sure, give them the Olympics.
Make Bellerive Oval the main stadium, have some events like weightlifting and Fencing at MONA, Ricky Ponting can light the cauldron and Bev can read the Olympic oath.
TASSIE TWENTY TWENTY – Make it happen.