Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics

The Games are set to go back to Australia after 32 years.

Brisbane 2032

A view of the Southbank forecourt, a potential venue for archery during the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane, Australia.   -  REUTERS

Brisbane was on Wednesday picked to host the 2032 Olympics; the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to avoid rival bids.

The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne played host in 1956.

“We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told IOC voters in an 11-minute live video link from his office.

Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare for hosting the Games. Paris will host it in 2024.

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The 2032 deal for the Australian east coast city looked done even months before the formal decision by IOC members at their meeting ahead of the Tokyo Games, which open on Friday.

The IOC gave Brisbane exclusive negotiating rights in February. That decision left Olympic officials in Qatar, Hungary and Germany looking blindsided with their own stalled bidding plans.

Brisbane was the first winner in a new bidding format. It lets the IOC approach potential candidates and pick them uncontested before the previously mandated seven-year advance mandated other in Olympic contests.

 

The streamlined process was designed to cut campaign costs, give the IOC more control and remove the risk of vote-buying.

Olympic events will be staged across the state of Queensland, including Gold Coast, which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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