Brisbane awarded the 2032 Olympics, the third Australian city to host the Games

Brisbane awarded the 2032 Olympics, the third Australian city to host the Games

Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Olympics after the International Olympic Committee overwhelmingly approved the nomination on Wednesday in a vote hailed by the Australian Prime Minister as a historic moment for city and country.

The city, where hundreds of people gathered on the riverbank of the South Bank, burst into cheers as the decisive moments of the IOC session were broadcast on a big screen, becoming the third in Australia to receive the Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000 .

The state capital of Queensland had been the favored host, chosen in February, and had received approval from the IOC board of directors last month, essentially securing the Games.

“It is first and foremost the passion and love for sport that the Aussies have shown,” said IOC President Thomas Bach of the winning project.

“Second, it is… in line with the IOC reforms, for sustainable Games in every way. Today’s vote is a vote of confidence.”

The IOC tried to stir some upheaval around Wednesday’s election, the first not to openly pit cities and countries against each other.

But with Brisbane as the sole candidate, the proceedings lacked the drama of previous announcements that, following a two-year run for the cut, saw city residents nervously watch as the IOC president opened a signature large white envelope to reveal the name of the president. winning host.

Brisbane received 72 out of 77 eligible votes from IOC members and the selection means Australia is the second country in the world, after the United States, to host the Summer Olympics in three different cities.

“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the whole country,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “Only world cities can secure the Olympics – so this is a fitting tribute to Brisbane’s reputation… It also marks a significant leap forward for Australia as we look forward to major events capturing economic growth and social benefits that will last for years to come. reverberate.”

Several candidates had expressed interest in hosting the 2032 Games, including Indonesia, the Hungarian capital Budapest, China, Qatar’s Doha and Germany’s Ruhr.

But under the new trial, Brisbane was ahead of all rivals as early as February, with the city’s bid repeatedly receiving praise for a high percentage of existing sites, government and private sector support and favorable weather.

Failed bid from 1992

“The Brisbane Olympics will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands,” said John Coates, head of the Australian Olympic Committee, vice president of the IOC. “This was a really professional offer.”

“And I make this dedication to the athletes of the world – we will give you an unforgettable experience.”

Awarding the Games to Australia was a nod to Coates, who helped design the new bidding process and is one of Bach’s closest allies.

Coates, who will reach the IOC age of 74 in 2024 and will be forced to leave the organization, had unsuccessfully attempted to land the 1992 Games for Brisbane.

The IOC revised its bidding rules in 2019 to lower costs and make the process easier for cities. There are no official candidate cities to campaign before the vote, as has been the case in the past.

Tokyo will host the postponed 2020 Olympics this week and Paris will host the 2024 Games. Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics.

(REUTERS)