'I'd love to see us put our hand up' - Rob Waddell backs NZ to host Commonwealth Games in the future




A near-record medal haul from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has opened up the tempting prospect of another New Zealand-hosted event.

The Kiwi lifter took home top prize in the men's 105kg division.
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But Kiwi chef de mission Rob Waddell, buoyed by a 46-medal haul from the 11-day Games which finished yesterday, says it's important to look at the possibility properly.

"I'd love to see us put our hand up, I'd love to see us have a look at it," the former Olympic rowing gold-medallist said.

"It doesn't mean we have to commit - all it means is we open the books, we learn about it, and see what it would do for New Zealand."

The Kiwi medal haul bettered that of the 2014 Glasgow Games by one, this time around comprising of 15 golds, 16 silvers and 15 bronzes.

It's the second best gold-medal haul after the 1990 Games in Auckland (17) and the total of 46 medals sit behind just the 1990 Games (58) and the 1950 Games (54), also in Auckland.

New Zealand beat Australia 4-1 in a toughly fought match on the Gold Coast.
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Waddell said the Commonwealth Games Federation's willingness to collaborate meant there was plenty of information available - economic benefit studies, infrastructure support and tourism information.

"The ways of doing these partnerships means that governments don't have to write out really big cheques," Waddell said.

"There's a lot of good that come from it.

"New buildings, low-cost housing, transport, you name it."

Waddell said the Gold Coast Games medal tally showed that New Zealand sport was moving in the right direction, particularly given the targeted approach to funding.

With 150 athletes from non-targeted sports in the 251-strong Kiwi team, Waddell said the results reinforced the benefits of the system.

New Zealand's chef de mission says he believes a Kiwi hosted tournament will be successful.
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"I'd like to think that although funding is dispersed in different ways, we have got some good collaboration going on within the teams," Waddell said.

"People are working together, sharing information, and the standard's getting higher."

Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, meanwhile, that hosting a future Commonwealth Games event is "not currently on the table".

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