Brisbane announced as host city for 2032 Olympic Games at IOC Tokyo meeting

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Brisbane was granted the right to host the Olympic Games in 2032.

The decision was confirmed after a meeting of delegates from the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo this evening.

The Queensland delegation – including Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck – had to refrain from standing and applauding with COVID-19 restrictions precluding any celebration of contact narrow.

Brisbane’s riverside CBD erupted in fireworks when the announcement was made.

Following the announcement, Ms. Palaszczuk, Cr Schrinner and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates took part in the official signing of the Olympic Games contract.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was “so excited”.

“I am so proud of my condition for our people. Never in my life did I think this was going to happen. It is incredible,” the Prime Minister said.

Crowds erupt into cheers in Southbank after the announcement.(

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IOC President Thomas Bach cited Brisbane’s alignment with reforms and the Olympic agenda as one of the reasons for the city’s successful bid.

“It’s a very sustainable project and it’s a project with a great legacy and it’s a project of a nation that loves sport and that’s what it’s all about, seeing passionate Australians to facilitate the Olympic Games. I hope I can always get there until then to be there, “he said.

The 80 IOC delegates in Tokyo voted 72-5 in favor of Brisbane, with three abstentions.

Support for the bid from all levels of government and the private sector, Brisbane’s experience in handling major events, a high percentage of existing venues and favorable weather conditions were among the attributes that helped convince the IOC to award the Games to the city.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the victory “a historic day not only for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the country as a whole”.

“Only the cities of the world can secure the Olympic Games, so this is a fitting recognition for Brisbane’s position in our region and in the world,” said Mr. Morrison.

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Loretta College students celebrate the announcement that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic Games.

An enlarged Gabba Stadium will be the centerpiece of the Games, which will take place from July 23 to August 8, immediately followed by the Paralympic Games.

The events will be held at over 30 locations in South East Queensland in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands.

Two athlete villages should be built, one in Brisbane, the other on the Gold Coast.

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People celebrate in Brisbane after the announcement of the vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Brisbane’s successful bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.(

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Up to 14,000 athletes will be housed in the village of Brisbane, on the northeastern suburb of Albion.

The village project has been described as Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal program.

The announcement came shortly after the Australian delegation made its final pitch for the Games, the third to be held in Australia.

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Brisbane celebrates with fireworks and lights up the Victoria Bridge in green and gold. (

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During the final deliberations, Brisbane encountered little opposition as offers from India, Indonesia, Qatar, Spain and Germany failed to make it through the council stage. administration of the IOC.

Arguments in favor of Brisbane included that Queensland was Australia’s fastest growing state and that hosting the Games would be aligned with a strategy to improve local transport infrastructure and promote economic growth. .

It will also position Queensland as a tourism hub in the Asia-Pacific region and attract major sports and events to the state, according to Brisbane’s bid document released in February.

Australia previously hosted the Summer Olympics in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

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