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Perth nominated as preferred Australian city to bid for Special Olympics World Games

Perth may have missed out on the 2026 Commonwealth Games, but WA remains in the running to host a major international sporting games in the next five years.

Perth has been selected as the preferred Australian host city in a bid to entice the 2027 Special Olympics World Games to the southern hemisphere for the first time in history.

The bid, which will officially be lodged by Special Olympics Australia in July, has already drawn letters of support from Governor Kim Beazley, Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall and Telethon Kids Institute executive director Jonathan Carapetis.

The World Games is twice the size of the Paralympics, and could attract approximately 8000 athletes from 170 nations, almost 20,000 overseas visitors and 500,000 spectators.

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