International Olympic Committee Members have approved Brisbane, Australia as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after an election today in Tokyo, Japan.
Brisbane received 72 yes and 5 no votes from 77 valid votes at the host city of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It will be the third time the country has hosted the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world.”
“The International Olympic Committee has the honour to announce that the Games of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia,” IOC president Thomas Bach said after the approval.
and its favourable weather.
The hosting bid made use of 84% existing or temporary venues, with the Gabba cricket ground set to be rebuilt to become the lead venue.
The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Brisbane bid was praised for its high percentage of existing venues, a good masterplan, experience in organizing major events.
Brisbane beat competition from cities like Indonesia, China, Doha in Qatar, Budapest in Hungary, and Germany’s Ruhr region to win the 2032 hosting rights.
IOC’s 15-strong executive board unanimously selected Brisbane as the single candidate for 2032 and it became obvious it was winning the bid.
IOC vice-president and Australia Olympic Committee chief John Coates said “the Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful, and enthusiastic hands.
“And I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience.”
It means the IOC now has hosts for the next three Summer Games with Paris, France and Los Angeles, United States staging the 2024 and the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics, respectively.