February 25, 2015

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) The mayor of Brisbane says he'd like Australia's third-biggest city to be the centerpiece of a bid to host the 2028 Summer Games, and the national Olympic committee has given the idea a thumbs-up.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Thursday said any bid would include areas surrounding Brisbane, including the nearby Gold and Sunshine coasts.

Australian Olympic Committee secretary general Fiona de Jong said Australia has three cities capable of hosting an Olympics, but the more populated Sydney (2000) and Melbourne (1956) have already had their turns.

Officials from Budapest, Hungary and Busan and Incheon in South Korea have shown an interest in hosting the 2028 Games. A decision for 2028 isn't expected to be made until 2021 under the usual IOC protocol of choosing venues seven years in advance.

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