13 Nov 2011

Gold Coast Games seen as home event for NZ

7:50 am on 13 November 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee says it backed the Gold Coast to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, because it can give athletes certainty it will be ready to host the event.

The Gold Coast was chosen on Friday by Commonwealth Games Federation delegates over Hambantota in Sri Lanka.

NZOC President Mike Stanley says having the Games on the Gold Coast will effectively make them a home event for New Zealand athletes.

He says the facilities on the Gold Coast are quality and preparation is well-advanced.

If New Zealand wants to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Mr Stanley says a bid with plenty of political support will have to be made in three to four years.

The next Games, in 2014, are in Glasgow, Scotland.