July 31, 2021

2032 Olympics to be held in Australian city of Brisbane

Brisbane officially won, Wednesday, July 21, the organization of the 2032 Summer Olympics, allowing the Olympic world to prepare for the future, two days before the opening of the Tokyo Games, tumultuous for the host city and troubled by the pandemic.

Alone in the running, the Australian city was elected by the IOC members gathered for their 138e session in the Japanese capital and will therefore succeed Paris, host of the 2024 Olympics, then Los Angeles, which will host those of 2028.

This designation without competition may come as a surprise, as the ceremony of the vote separating the candidate cities to host the Games has punctuated decades of Olympic life, with its costly lobbying behind the scenes and then its opening of the envelope followed by hugs or tears. But the reform adopted in June 2019 allows the IOC to initiate a “Targeted dialogue” with a candidate “Preferential”, with the aim of defusing the growing reluctance to organize the Olympic Games, to reduce costs and to constitute a breeding ground for future host cities.

However, Brisbane, well helped by the influence of the Australian Vice-President of the IOC, John Coates, has enjoyed this status since February. In June, the boss of the instance Thomas Bach had also praised his case ” irresistible “ and “Love” Australians for sport.

Third Summer Olympics in Australia

Australia, among the few countries to have never missed an edition of the Summer Games, is “A huge Olympic village” with its multiple nationalities, ethnic origins and approximately 300 spoken languages, underlined, Wednesday, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, by videoconference.

The capital of Queensland, already a candidate for the 1992 Olympics awarded to Barcelona and involved in 2018 in hosting the Commonwealth Games, also promises “84% of existing and temporary sites”, a key criterion since the Olympic body began its hunt for white elephants. His announced designation had displeased Qatar, which also wished to host the 2032 Games, like Seoul and Pyongyang who had formalized their joint candidacy in April.

This is the third time in its history that Australia will host the Summer Games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

The World with AFP