Australia's Brisbane named host of 2032 summer Games

Wednesday, 2021-07-21 16:47:26
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Brisbane city to host 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. (Photo: Brisbane City Twitter)
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The Australian city of Brisbane will host the 2032 summer Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the recommendation of its executive board.

Brisbane, where hundreds of people gathered at the river-side South Bank erupted in cheering as the defining moments of the IOC session were broadcast on a big screen, becomes the third Australian city to get the Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

"It's a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country," Prime Minister Scott 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."

Brisbane got 72 of 77 eligible votes from IOC members and its selection means Australia becomes only the second country in the world, after the United States, to stage summer Olympic Games in three different cities.

"It also marks an important leap forward for Australia as we look toward major events that lock in economic growth and social benefits that will echo for years to come," Morrison said.

Several candidates had publicly expressed an interest in staging the 2032 Games including Indonesia, Hungary's capital Budapest, China, Qatar's Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley region.

"The Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands," said Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates, who is an IOC Vice President.

"And I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience."

Tokyo is hosting the postponed 2020 Olympics this week and Paris will stage the 2024 Games. Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 summer Olympics.

Reuters