The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) executive board has proposed Brisbane host the 2032 summer Olympics, with the choice to be put to a vote on July 21.
- The decision now lies in the hands of IOC members who will cast their vote in July
- The board says Brisbane 2032’s pitch aligned with “social and economic development plans”
- If successful, it would make Brisbane the third Australian city to host an Olympic Games
Brisbane had been the preferred host, chosen in February, and the board’s proposal now goes to the IOC session before the Tokyo Olympics next month.
“It is in the hands of IOC members to vote now on July 21,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
“This commission looked in depth in all aspects of Brisbane 2032 … as well as the strong support across the entire political spectrum in Australia,” he said.
Chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad, Kristin Kloster Aasen, said Brisbane 2032’s case aligned with “social and economic development plans”.
“The project centres on delivering the best possible conditions for sport and the athletes in a sport loving country with proven experience in hosting successful major sports events such as the Commonwealth Games in 2018,” Ms Aasen said.
“The commission is satisfied that the guarantees provided by Brisbane 2032 are comprehensive and thorough,
“They demonstrate a strong support by all three levels of government and address all relevant matters.”
If Brisbane is elected, as expected, it would become the third Australian city after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000 to host the summer Olympics.
“Sport is seen by many governments around the world as essential to the long-term development of their countries and regions,” Mr Bach said.
“The Brisbane 2032 Olympic project shows how forward-thinking leaders recognise the power of sport as a way to achieve lasting legacies for their communities.”
Several cities and countries had publicly expressed an interest in the 2032 Games including Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley among others.
But in a new process that does not openly pit cities against each other, Brisbane had already moved ahead of any rivals in February, having won praise from the IOC.
The IOC overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities.
There are no official candidate cities campaigning ahead of the vote as has been the case in the past.
Instead the IOC puts the preferred host to a vote at its session.