Games announcement almost here

THOUSANDS of Gold Coast and Tweed eyes are set to be locked on a small Caribbean nation tomorrow morning where an announcement will be made revealing whether or not the Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

They are set to include hundreds of Coast residents expected to turn up at a Gold Coast City Council "Announcement Event" from 6.30am until 10am at Broadwater Parklands.

If the Gold Coast is successful the celebrations will include the firing of confetti canons and release of balloons immediately on the news.

If not, they are set to be released 20 minutes later before the event shifts gear into a public concert.

According to various officials and media reports the Coast is favourite ahead of the Sri Lankan coastal town Hambantota to host the 2018 Games.

A decision is to be announced about 9am (NSW) or 8am (Qld) tomorrow by the Commonwealth Games Federation general assembly in St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

Seventy-one Commonwealth Games associations are due to vote with many delegates receiving last minute messages from Australian officials.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Gold Coast bid chairman Mark Stockwell, Gold Coast Mayor and former Olympian Ron Clarke and Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief Perry Crosswhite are heading the Australian contingent in the Caribbean nation.

Mr Crosswhite said the team was working "all the way to the end."

"You always get to a point where, like any competition, you work as hard as you can until the end but you really don't know the result or what will happen," he told media.

"Most of the work is done and what the last few days are really about is ensuring trust with the delegates that we will actually deliver what we say we will deliver.'"

If the Gold Coast is successful it would be the fifth time Australia has hosted the games while Sri Lanka is seeking the games for a first time.


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