The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Australia will become 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 at the 138th session of the IOC in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, which officially begin on Friday.
In February, Brisbane was confirmed as the IOC’s preferred bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
This started a specific dialogue between the IOC executive and the Brisbane 2032 bid to thoroughly examine the proposed plan for the Games.
The process of awarding an Olympic Games has become much more extensive since the introduction of the Commission for the Future Host of the Olympiad Games.
In June, the IOC executive board voted unanimously in favor of the Brisbane 2032 offer, which presented it to the IOC session on Wednesday.
Member Pal Schmitt, a member of Pal Schmitt, presented at the IOC session a major concern surrounding the decision to award the Games to Brisbane 11 years earlier and not the traditional seven.
That concern was dealt with calmly by members of the Brisbane bidding team, including AOC President John Coates, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
That left IOC members to vote on the question: “Do you agree to elect Brisbane to host the Games of the XXXV Olympiad?”
All that Brisbane required in the IOC vote was a majority of IOC members to vote in favor of the Games. The vote passed.
Five IOC members are reported to have voted against Brisbane’s offer for 2032. Eighty votes were cast by electronic ballot, of which 72 supported the offer, five opposed and three abstained.
There are still some dissenters among IOC members with 5 votes against the Executive Board’s recommendation to elect # Brisbane2032 to host the Olympics. Still, a large majority did it easily. 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 bid model, as the organizers seek to reduce overall costs while maintaining the same Olympic experience.
As mentioned above, the Brisbane 2032 Games will spread across southeast 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 be held in the Australian winter; Queensland weather was a big part of Brisbane’s playing field.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23, 2032, the same day and month that the Tokyo Games will begin this year.
The organizers of the tender have also pledged by contract to be a “climate positive” Games. Brisbane would be the first host city to contractually accept this.
This has been a big part of what has put the Brisbane 2032 group at the helm, as they want the city to be seen as “clean, green and sustainable”.
Palaszczuk also confirmed that the state is working toward 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.
Most of the venues used for the Games (80 percent) are already built, in use or will be temporary.
This will dramatically reduce much of the cost of hosting the games, and much of the infrastructure program will continue regardless of whether the Games are held in Brisbane.
On the offer alone, the Future Hosts Commission confirmed that Brisbane 2032 spent roughly 80 percent less on their offer than other countries in the past.
You can see the full details of the Master Plan for the Brisbane 2032 Games in the video below.
An impact study conducted by KPMG on the economic and environmental impact of the 2032 Games in Brisbane concluded that the event would generate an estimated $ 6.1 billion for the state of Queensland.
More generally for Australia, the study estimated that it would generate $ 13.4 billion nationally.
Reaction to Brisbane’s successful bid in 2032
It’s no wonder that many Australians are delighted with the idea of the country hosting other Olympics.
While it is destined to be a massive economic boost for the country and, in particular, for the state of Queensland, it will also have a massive impact on Australia’s sporting landscape.
Sporting News spoke with several Australian Olympians competing in Tokyo ahead of the Brisbane 2032 announcement.
Since they’re all Queenslanders, it’s no wonder they were excited for their state to host the Olympics.
Gabriella Palm, a member of the Australian women’s water polo team, The Aussie Stingers, thinks she’s going to give a massive boost to sports like water polo that don’t necessarily have a high profile in Australia.
“All the Olympics are special, but having an Olympics in your homeland is very special,” Palm said.
“To have the Games in Sydney where the Stingers won gold, to have the opportunity to do it again and to have an Olympics at home, it means everything.
“He could still be playing then, it’s a possibility, so potentially participating in those Games is something else. But just having him in Australia, I think it will be good coverage and awareness for water polo.”
“We are not the best known sport, so I think that bringing the Olympics to Australian soil will be really great for water polo.
“And having it on Australian soil will be a real incentive to keep going.”
Two-time Olympian Alyce Wood reflected on her own experiences attending Sydney 2000 as she thought of Brisbane 2032.
Attending those Games inspired Wood to become an Olympian and she has no doubt that Brisbane 2032 will do the same for a new generation of Australian athletes.
“I think if we make 2032, it will be a game changer for many reasons,” Wood said.
“First and foremost for me, when I was 8 years old, I went to the Sydney Olympics and watched basketball and European handball, which are two sports that I didn’t know anything about.
“Just being exposed to a multi-sport event like the Olympics and seeing everyone move was what made me want to be an Olympian back then.
“Having that in our state would be very special because children who grow up would experience the same things as me.
“There are a lot of Olympians on this year’s team and Rio had that experience when he was young in Sydney.
“Obviously, having so many shared facilities on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane and being able to participate and see how much excitement the Olympics bring.
“The Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast were huge and everyone was very involved, but I can safely say that the Olympics are much more important. They can create a legacy in many different areas 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 right up there with the biggest sporting shows in the world, so I think for Australia to win it, let alone Brisbane’s hometown to win one, I think it would be great for Australia and great for the city of Brisbane.
“I will definitely fly there and see as much as I can if they win it. I really hope it gets there.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison believes that 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, provide lasting community benefits and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes,” said Morrison.
“I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this victory for our country.
“The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games from the beginning. We believe in this offer.
“We know this is a great opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.”
Who else bid for the 2032 Olympics?
Brisbane was the only bid for a vote at the IOC session on Wednesday, but it was not the only bid for the 2032 Games.
IOC Video President and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates confirmed in June that several other countries were looking to bid for the 2032 Games.
Those countries include Indonesia, the Netherlands and Qatar.
However, the Brisbane offer progressed so much that it was chosen to continue a specific dialogue with the IOC and the rest is history.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.