The Australian city of Brisbane will host the Summer Olympics in 2032, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) overwhelmingly approved its executive committee’s recommendation on Wednesday.
Brisbane, where hundreds of people gathered on the South Bank and thrilled to the ad broadcast on a big screen, will become the third Australian city to host an edition of the Games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
— Brisbane City (@brisbanecityqld) July 21, 2021
“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the whole country,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Only global cities can guarantee the Olympic Games — so this is a recognition of Brisbane’s position in the region and around the world,” he said.
Queensland’s state capital became the candidate of choice in February and won the IOC’s executive committee endorsement last month, which essentially guaranteed it would host the event.
“It is first of all the passion and love for the sport that Australians have shown,” said IOC President Thomas Bach of the winning project.
“Second, it is a project that is in line with the IOC reforms, for sustainable Games in all aspects,” he added.
“Today’s vote is a vote of confidence that Brisbane and Queensland will host a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.”
The IOC tried to create a climate of drama around the choice of this fourth, the first not to openly pit one city against another.
But with Brisbane being the sole candidate, the process lacked the drama of past choices, when after a two-year battle, screens showed the apprehensive candidate city as the IOC president pulled the name paper out of an envelope. of the winner.
Brisbane got 72 out of 77 possible votes from IOC members, and the choice means that Australia becomes only the second country in the world, after the United States, to hold the Summer Games in three different cities.
Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Games, postponed a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, while Paris will host the event in 2024 and Los Angeles will host in 2028.