By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] and chairman of the Coordination Commission [CoCom] – Bruce Robertson is completely satisfied with the preparation of Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 Games in Queensland, Australia.
“The Gold Coast 2018 delivery partners have this week proven what an excellent host city it will be when the Games begin in just four months’ time,” Mr. Bruce Robertson said after a four-day review of the city of the Gold Coast.
“With strong support from the Queensland State Government, City of Gold Coast and Commonwealth Games Australia [CGA], the Gold Coast 2018 Organizing Committee [GOLDOC] has made considerable progress since the last CoCom was staged in June, particularly with impressive high ticket sales, a dynamic volunteer programme and through GOLDOC’s strong stance in embracing the CGF’s Gender Equality strategy.
“The CGF would like to commend the excellent work of GOLDOC and its partners in implementing the Reconciliation Action Plan. As a global first, the Plan is a central feature of the Gold Coast Games, and we have been delighted to see real and tangible benefits,” added Robertson.
The Coordination Commission devoted much attention in key areas such as security, legacy, transport and commercial programmes, as well as readiness and testing.
President of the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] – Louis Martin was also marveled with the coordination between the GOLDOC, the Queensland Government, and the City of Gold Coast in general:
“I would like to thank Chairman Peter Beattie and his team at GOLDOC, the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and CGA for their leadership and commitment to delivering a truly unique and memorable Commonwealth Games. It is clear that the Gold Coast is right where it should be as we enter the final stages with little more than 100 days to go. The scene is set for a truly remarkable sporting spectacle in April.”
Bruce Robertson added: “I am pleased to see many of the recommendations of the last CoCom have been successfully implemented. Naturally, as we approach the Games, the focus has turned increasingly to security and risk mitigation, and so I was pleased to be assured this week of the robust process in place to ensure that Gold Coast 2018 will offer the most enjoyable experience for athletes, spectators and residents alike.”
The XXI of the Commonwealth Games will take place from 4-15 April, 2018.
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