Brisbane was picked Wednesday to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner
of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to
Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. The IOC gave Brisbane
exclusive negotiating rights in February.
International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, confirmed the inevitable
winner after a vote at the IOC session in Tokyo and this triggered cheers from the
Brisbane delegates in Tokyo and celebratory fireworks thousands of miles away in
“The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce that the Games
of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia,” Bach said.
Brisbane will become the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after
Melbourne (hosted in 1956) and Sydney (in 2000).
“We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia,” Prime Minister
Scott Morrison told International Olympic Committee voters in an 11-minute live
video link from his office.
He added: “It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire
“Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for
Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world.”
Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare for hosting the
Games. Paris will host in 2024.
The 2032 deal for Brisbane looked done even months before the formal decision by
IOC members at their meeting ahead of the Tokyo Games, which open Friday.
The IOC gave Brisbane exclusive negotiating rights back in February. That decision
left Olympic officials in Qatar, Hungary and Germany looking blindsided with their
own stalled bidding plans.
Brisbane was the first winner in a new bidding format. It lets the IOC approach
potential candidates and pick them uncontested.
Hundreds of people packed Brisbane’s Southbank riverside precinct for an
announcement viewing party, watching the city’s final pitch to the IOC projected on
a big screen