Brisbane, Australia, will host the 2032 Olympic Games

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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.

“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.”