The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Australia will become only the fourth country to have hosted the Summer Olympics three or more times.
Melbourne hosted the 1956 Games and Sydney hosted the 2000 Games.
The announcement was made during the 138th IOC Session in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, which officially begins on Friday.
In February, Brisbane was confirmed to be the IOC’s preferred bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
This began a focused dialogue between the IOC executive and the Brisbane 2032 bid to thoroughly examine the proposed plan for the Games.
The process of awarding the Olympic Games has become much more extensive since the introduction of the Future Host of the Games of the Olympiad Commission.
In June, the IOC Executive Board voted unanimously in favor of Brisbane’s 2032 bid, which presented it to the IOC session on Wednesday.
Only one major concern was presented during the IOC session, by member Pal Schmitt, regarding the decision to award the Games to Brisbane 11 years ago and not the traditional seven.
This concern was calmly addressed by members of the Brisbane bid team, including AOC President John Coates, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
This left the IOC members to vote on the question: “Do you agree to elect Brisbane as the host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad?”
All Brisbane required in the IOC vote was a majority of IOC members to vote in favor of the Games. The vote is passed.
It was reported that five IOC members voted against Brisbane’s candidacy in 2032. Eighty votes were cast by electronic ballot, with 72 in favor, five against and three abstentions.
There are still a few dissidents among the IOC members with 5 voting against the recommendation of the executive board to elect # Brisbane2032 to host the Olympic Games. However, a very large majority easily passed it. https://t.co/hOBMOmv51n
– Robert Livingstone (@enotsgnivil) July 21, 2021
Brisbane 2032 Offer Details
Much has been made of the unique nature of Brisbane’s bidding model, with organizers looking to cut overall costs while maintaining the same Olympic experience.
As previously mentioned, the Brisbane 2032 Games will be spread across South East Queensland.
While Brisbane will host the majority of events, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast will also host events and athletes.
The games will also take place during the Australian winter; The Queensland weather was a big part of Brisbane’s terrain.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23, 2032, the same day and month that the Tokyo Games begin this year.
The organizers of the bid are also contractually committed to being “climate” Games. Brisbane would be the first host city to accept this by contract.
This has been a big part of what moved the Brisbane 2032 group forward as they want the city to be seen as “clean, green and sustainable”.
Palaszczuk also confirmed that the state is working on 50% renewable energy by 2030.
The majority of venues used for the Games (80%) are already built, in service or will be temporary.
This will significantly reduce much of the cost of hosting the games, and much of the infrastructure program will continue regardless of the Games in Brisbane.
In the bid alone, the Future Host Commission confirmed that Brisbane 2032 spent around 80% less on its bid than other countries have in the past.
You can see all the details of the Brisbane 2032 Games master plan in the video below.
An impact study by KPMG on the economic and environmental impact of the 2032 Games in Brisbane concluded that the event would bring in around $ 6.1 billion to the state of Queensland.
More broadly for Australia, the study estimated it would bring in $ 13.4 billion nationally.
Response to the success of Brisbane’s 2032 offer
It’s no surprise that many Australians are thrilled that the country is hosting more Olympic Games.
While this is expected to be a huge economic boost for the country and in particular for the state of Queensland, it will also have a huge impact on the Australian sporting landscape.
Sporting News spoke to a number of Australian Olympians competing in Tokyo ahead of the Brisbane 2032 announcement.
All hailing from Queensland, it is no surprise that they are thrilled that their state is hosting the Olympics.
Gabriella Palm, member of Australia’s women’s water polo team, The Aussie Stingers, believes this should give a huge boost to sports like water polo that don’t necessarily have high visibility in Australia.
“All the Olympics are special, but having the Olympics on your soil is very special,” said Palm.
“Having the Games in Sydney where the Stingers won gold, having the chance to do it again and have the Olympics at home, that means it all.
“I could still play then, that’s a possibility, so potentially participating in these Games is another thing. But just to have it in Australia, I think it will be such good coverage and awareness for the water. -polo.
“We’re not the most well-known sport so I think bringing the Olympics to Australian soil will be really great for water polo.
“And having him on Australian soil will be a real incentive for me to continue.”
Two-time Olympian Alyce Wood reflected on her own experiences attending Sydney 2000 with Brisbane 2032 in mind.
Attending these Games inspired Wood to become an Olympian and she has no doubts that Brisbane 2032 will do the same for a new generation of Australian athletes.
“I think if we get 2032 it will be a game-changer for a lot of reasons,” Wood said.
“First and foremost for me, when I was 8, I went to the Sydney Olympics and watched European basketball and handball, two sports that I knew nothing about.
“Just being exposed to a multisport event like the Olympics and seeing how everyone is doing was what made me want to be an Olympian at the time.
“Having this in our state would be so special because the kids who would grow up could experience the same things I did.
“You find a lot of Olympians in this year’s squad and Rio had that experience as a youngster in Sydney.
“Obviously just having so many shared facilities around the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane and being able to get involved with it and seeing how exciting the Olympics are.
“The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast were huge and everyone got involved a lot, but I can safely say that the Olympics are much more important. They can create a legacy in so many different areas across the- beyond what the Commonwealth Games did. “
Daniel Beale, a member of the Kookaburras team for Tokyo 2020, already knows that he will be booking his tickets for Brisbane 2032 in his hometown.
“I think it would be huge for Brisbane,” Beale said.
“I think the Olympics are up there with the biggest sporting shows in the world so I think Australia wins it, not to mention the hometown of Brisbane to win one, I think that would be great for Australia and great for the city of Brisbane.
“I’ll definitely fly out there and watch as much as I can if they win it. I really hope he gets there.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison believes Brisbane 2032 will create a lasting legacy for Australia similar to that created by the Sydney 2000 Games.
“They will support economic growth and investment, deliver lasting benefits to the community and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes,” said Morrison.
“I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team which ensured this victory for our country.
“The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games from the start. We believe in this offer.
“We know this is a huge opportunity for our country, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.”
Who else ran for the 2032 Olympic Games?
Brisbane was the only bid to vote in Wednesday’s IOC session, but it wasn’t the only bid for the 2032 Games.
IOC and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates confirmed in June that several other countries were considering bidding for the 2032 Games.
These countries included Indonesia, the Netherlands and Qatar.
However, Brisbane’s bid was so advanced that it was chosen to engage in a focused dialogue with the IOC and the rest is history.