Auckland Mayor John Banks has backed away from comments over hosting the 2020 Olympic Games.
In an interview on Radio Sport, Banks said he was interested in
a potential bid.
But the mayor would not be interviewed further on the subject today.
Banks told Radio Sport he was having a close look into the new super city launching a bid for the 2020 summer games.
He said the funding from a united super city would make it easier to bid for high-quality global events.
Banks earlier ditched a bid for the Commonwealth Games due to a lack of infrastructure and funds, but the super city mayor contender said in the radio interview there was hope of launching a credible Olympic bid.
North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams said the Olympics would cost many billions and that's too much for a country of fewer than five million people.
He said Banks should focus on Auckland's priorities and not be sidetracked by pie in the sky ideas.
"We must not get sidetracked by pie in the sky ideas of grandeur such as hosting the Olympic Games when Auckland will have heavy demand on all available finances to deliver what is needed for the people of the Auckland region" Williams said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for John Key said Banks raised the idea in passing with the Prime Minister some time ago.
However, the spokesperson said at no stage had there been any meeting or Olympics proposal put to either the Prime Minister or Minister for Sport and Recreation.
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