Australian Officials Warned They May Lose Olympic Games, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-12


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Australian Officials Warned They May Lose Olympic Games MELBOURNE, Australia, May 11 UP. — Australian Olympic officials warned bickering committees today that the nation may lose the 1956 Olympiad because of disputes over the location of the main stadium for the games. On the eve of the International Olympic Congress opening at Copenhagen on Sunday, Tom Hollway, premier of the. State of Victoria, issued a public warning that if the arguments continue, "there is a 50-50 chance that Melbourne will forfeit the games." a Australian officials believed that the wrangling will weaken the position of Sir Harold Luxton, the Aussies* leading delegate, who must make a report at Copenhagen to the 70-man board which controls the Olympic Games. The disputes subsided temporarily last month when the organizing committee selected the Melbourne Cricket Club conditionally as the main site for the games. However, cricket officials protested to the committee that regarding the cricket club arena to comply with Olympic standards would be "impracticable." The Royal Agricultural Societys showground next was considered as the setting for the Olympics. But many maintained that the showground is badly located and wouldrequire large expenditures to make it conform to Olympic requirements. Since then, six other Melbourne sites have been brought into the Olympic dispute.

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