A gun-toting, drug-dealing bikie who has served an 18 year sentence for accessory to murder has been unveiled as the mascot for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In a lavish ceremony at Surfers Paradise, committee organisers revealed to Australia and the world the iconic figure who will become the centrepiece for the games. Simply known as “Vlad the Bikie”, the mascot is said to embody the natural spirit of the Gold Coast.
“Vlad is edgy but he is also beautiful,” said Linda Bews, designer of the logo. “He is a misunderstood soul, who has made his fair share of mistakes, but has a heart of gold, not unlike the gold of the Gold Coast itself.”
Although Vlad is believed to be on an OMCG member database which is maintained by the Queensland Police Service, he has not been found guilty of a crime since 1996.
In that year, he was implicated in a heroin manufacturing syndicate, and charged as an accessory in the murder of a rival serjeant-at-arms Neville Adamson, whose body has never been found.
Vlad has also been linked to a series of bikie brawls in recent years, which have become part of the iconic flavour of the Gold Coast. Few tourists leave the glitter strip without becoming caught in the crossfire of a bikie shoot-out or drug deal gone wrong.
It’s understood the organisers of the games plan to use “Vlad the Bikie” heavily in promotional and marketing opportunities in the lead up to the Games. He will also feature on a range of unique merchandise.
“You’ll be able to get Vlad cuddly toys, Vlad T-shirts, the lot. We are even working on a range of mini Vlad ballistic vests, ammo pouches and tiny motorbikes,” said Ms Bews.
“Vlad even has a colourful slogan”, Bews added, telling BrokenNews.com.au exclusively that the slogan ‘Catch Me If You Can’, has been trademarked for the 2018 Games.
“It’s a theme that applies as much to our swimmers and sprint athletes, as it does to outlaw bikies driving a getaway car from an armed robbery on the Gold Coast.”
The decision, however, is likely to cause controversy, and not just among law abiding citizens.
A surfing koala known only as Borobi, who was widely anticipated to become the mascot of the Games is said to be considering legal action.
Comment was being sought from Borobi the surfing Koala at the time of publication.