Seventeen years after John Clarke and Bryan Dawe satirised the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where the 100-metres athletics track in the main stadium is only 94-metres-long in the mockumentary TV series The Games, life is imitating art, with the federal Government giving the Northern Territory government half of the $8.8 million cost required to extend a swimming pool in Darwin by 50cm to the competition standard of 50 metres.
Treasurer Joe Hockey was in Darwin today to announce that the Abbott government will help “make a 50-metre pool 50 metres” to enable competitions to be held there.
The extension converts the pool, which is 50-yards-long (45.76cm), to metric.
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