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Brisbane wins right to host 2032 Olympic Games

Brisbane has been chosen as the location for the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was a “coup” for the nation.

“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country,” Mr Morrison said.

“Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games – so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world.”

It’s the third time Australia has hosted the Olympics – with the last being the 2000 Sydney games.

Australia will become only the second country after the United States to host the Summer Olympics in three different cities.

Sports Minister Richard Colbeck and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk were in Japan for the announcement.

Prior to the 2000 Olympics the last time Australia hosted was in 1956 in Melbourne.

The Brisbane bid, encompassing south-east Queensland, was ratified by a vote of 87 IOC members at a meeting in Tokyo before the opening of the Games on Friday.

Needing to secure half the votes of its members, Brisbane was preferred ahead of Budapest, Korea, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr Valley, who had all expressed an interest in hosting the Games.

The Brisbane 2032 delegation, including AOC President John Coates and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, made a formal final presentation to the IOC meeting.

People gather in Brisbane following a vote announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Brisbane's  bid to host the 2032 Olympics.
Camera IconPeople gather in Brisbane following a vote announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Brisbane’s bid to host the 2032 Olympics. Credit: JASON O’BRIEN/AAPIMAGE

The Prime Minister addressed the meeting via a live link from Parliament House and spoke of the Australian government’s financial commitment to the Games.

He also described Australia’s multicultural population, with 300 ethnicities, as a “giant Olympic village”.

The Federal Government backed Queensland’s proposal to host the Games, underwriting the required infrastructure to support the games in the city.

Coates, who is also an IOC vice-president, dubbed Brisbane “the together games” mixing modernity and the Olympics’ 136-year-old ideals.

While fireworks erupted in Brisbane, the reaction was more muted with the city confirmed back in February as the preferred host city and awarded exclusive negotiation rights ahead of its bidding rivals.

Paris will stage the 2024 Games while Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 edition.

People gather in Brisbane to hear the historic moment Brisbane was announced as the host of the 2032 Olympics.
Camera IconPeople gather in Brisbane to hear the historic moment Brisbane was announced as the host of the 2032 Olympics. Credit: JASON O’BRIEN/AAPIMAGE

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the announcement, made in Tokyo, was “extremely exciting news for Queensland and the nation”.

“Hosting the 2032 Games will provide a boost to tourism, trade and the national economy, deliver jobs, and accelerate infrastructure development – benefits that will be more important than ever as Australia continues to recover from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Albanese said in a joint statement with shadow sports minister Don Farrell.

– With AAP

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