COVID commander to lead Com Games

FORMER Victorian COVID-19 Response Commander Jeroen Weimar has been appointed Chief Executive of the 2026 Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee.

The veteran bureaucrat oversaw Victoria’s COVID-19 response unit from July 2020 to April this year and has become a regular fixture at daily press conferences during the pandemic.

He was immediately linked to the post of CEO of the Commonwealth Games after his resignation, and the Victorian Government confirmed his appointment to the post last week.

Under his leadership, the Organizing Committee will direct the delivery of the Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria and manage venues, services, logistics, partnerships, media, broadcast and communications.

“Jeroen has significant experience in high profile roles in both the public and private sectors and will bring important skills to ensure the Commonwealth Games Victoria 2026 proudly showcases our state to the world,” said the state’s sports minister. , Martin Pakula, in a press release.

Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland will each host an athletes’ village and sports programs during the games, including athletics, swimming and T20 cricket, while the opening ceremony will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Victoria earmarked $2.6 billion in the May state budget to prepare for the games, which are expected to create a total of 7,500 jobs before, during and after the multi-sport event.

– BY PAA

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