Brisbane Officially Selected As Host City For 2032 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Brisbane, Australia will be the hosts for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games.

It has been expected that Brisbane would host the Games since earlier this year when they were identified as the frontrunners for selection by the IOC. Brisbane has become the first city to win an Olympic bid under the new selection procedures that are designed to reduce costs related to the Olympic bidding process. Preferred hosts are named early on in the bidding process and assuming enough support is received by the city from its federal government, that preferred host becomes the main focus of the IOC throughout the process.

IOC President Thomas Bach discussed the Brisbane selection:

“The Brisbane 2032 vision and Games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, and complement the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5 while focusing on providing memorable sports experiences for athletes and fans. Today’s vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from IOC Members and International Federations in the past few months.”

Bach has deemed the first use of the new selection process a success and expressed that the IOC will continue to use it moving forward;

“This new approach is lighter, more collaborative, more compact, and has a positive impact. Now we always have a significant pool of Interested Parties for 2036, and even for 2040, which is almost 20 years from now. I can’t remember that we have ever been in such a favorable position 20 years before an Olympic Games.

“We enter Tokyo 2020 with full confidence for the future of the Olympic Movement.”

Brisbane was official selected to host the 2032 Games following an IOC vote where they received 72 ‘yes’ votes and only 5 ‘no’ votes. Brisbane has officially secured hosting duties roughly a year and a half after Queensland (the state within which Brisbane lies), Australia officially announced its bid to host back in December 2019. Throughout the process, Brisbane took over for Queensland as the main bidding city but it is expected that a number of cities within Queensland including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and others will share hosting duties in 2032.

The fate of Brisbane 2032 was briefly put into question back in 2020 when the city decided to put a hold on its bid in May 2020 as a result of COVID-19 induced economic strain.

Brisbane 2032 will be 3rd time that the Olympics occur in Australia and makes Brisbane the 3rd Australian city to host a Games, following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. Australia has hosted a number of major international competitions including 5 editions of the Commonwealth Games, most recently in the Gold Coast in 2018. Brisbane, specifically, has hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games as well as the 1987 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Organizers of the bid touted an 84% existing and temporary venue rate as part of a new sustainability movement within the Games, though a point of contention has been a proposed $1 billion rebuild of the Brisbane Cricket Ground as the event’s central stadium.

The Brisbane airport is also expected to receive a $1 billion upgrade before 2032 that includes building a third terminal in the city of 2.28 million.

“The Games will accelerate our future by providing the infrastructure much sooner than otherwise would be the case, by focusing and fast-tracking investment of all governments,” Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland, said.

“We want to show the world that mid-sized cities and regions can host the Games without financial distress or missed deadlines. The keys are long-term planning, bi-partisan support and making the most of a city’s natural and built resources.”

Brisbane hosted an outdoor viewing party, complete with fireworks, where the Host City Contract was officially signed.

According to the IOC press release, the Honorable Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia shared his thoughts on the news:

“I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this win for our country. The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s candidacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games right from the very start. We believe in this bid. We know it’s a huge opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.”

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Coach Rob
8 days ago

Why does Australia always host the Olympics and never the USA?

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Coach Rob
8 days ago

Dude, LA is hosting right before…

And Atlanta hosted before Sydney.

Swim3057
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
8 days ago

And LA hosted in 1984…so before Brisbane 3 US cities vs 1 Australian cities in less than 50 years. And that doesn’t include Salt Lake City hosting Winter Games during that period

Big T
Reply to  Coach Rob
8 days ago

LA will be hosting it just before Australia. Just like in 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Coach Rob
8 days ago

You’re such a troll! 😆

Stephen
Reply to  Coach Rob
8 days ago

Dumb as dog ….

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Coach Rob
8 days ago

murica!

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Coach Rob
7 days ago

Because Australia > USA

He said what?
Reply to  Coach Rob
7 days ago

Are you confusing the Olympics with the World Championships? Australia has hosted the Worlds Championships a total of three times while the USA is a big fat ZERO.

Woke Stasi
8 days ago

I hope Australia will allow its citizens to talk to each other by then. Yesterday, the New South Wales health director told people not to engage in conversations with each other even if they were wearing masks.

https://twitter.com/noreward_norisk/status/1417426275313065985?s=21

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Woke Stasi
8 days ago

WTF

Stephen
Reply to  Woke Stasi
8 days ago

Got any better suggestions

Distance Per Stroke
Reply to  Woke Stasi
8 days ago

I genuinely would not be surprised if they’re still in and out of lockdowns in 2032, as long as 1 Covid case exists in the world.

Kim
8 days ago

Thank god, that Qatar didn’t get 🙂

Bobo Gigi
8 days ago

2032 Will the olympics be cancelled with the appearance of the 280th variant, the Moldovan variant?

frug
8 days ago

And the IOC promises they will have definitely figured out a financial model that doesn’t result in the host city getting stuck with billions of dollars of debt… and they really mean it this time.

Admin
Reply to  frug
8 days ago

Los Angeles will almost definitely be a profitable, financially successful Olympic Games. They’re going to be a money-making machine.

The challenge will be not letting that lull everyone to sleep from pushing forward with these initiatives to make the Games more sustainable.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

You think so? Guessing they have a lot more of the infrastructure already in place than most places. (I wonder how much of it is from the last time they hosted.)

Blackflag82
Reply to  frug
8 days ago

I’ve been wondering this as well…There’s actually a wiki page all about this which I found interesting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_the_Olympic_Games

It seems Winter Olympics tend to do better, but aside from 2008 (which I’m a little skeptical of), it looks like LA ’84 made a solid model that was then repeated by Atlanta and Seoul managed some healthy profits (though government run, so I don’t know if that affects the actual profit). So it looks more like the IOC should stop trying to develop a financial model and use the example of previous working ones…

JimSwim22
7 days ago

Do they already have a to end pool?

Admin
Reply to  JimSwim22
7 days ago

Not in Brisbane, no. At least, nothing that’s Olympic caliber. However, remember that this bid was originally a Brisbane/Gold Coast joint, and though Brisbane has become the focus, it’s still expected to have other events hosted around Queensland.

So then you have the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre that was able to build a 10,000 seat temporary grandstand for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

That seemed pretty close to what the physical constraints upon that center would be (beach on one side, road on the other) unless you really built up the seating on the end, so perhaps that will be a water polo/synchro venue, and the pool will be elsewhere? We’ll wait and see.

Samesame
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

For swimming, they’ve already said they’ll build a new venue in the middle of Brisbane City. Gold Coast may be used for other aquatics. I thought they might just redo Chandler Aquatic centre in East Brisbane.

Troyy
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

It’s planned to be a temporary pool in an arena in the Brisbane CBD. IOC suggested they use the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre like Comm Games but I suspect they wanted better for our most successful sport at the Olympics games and want it hosted at the heart of the games in Brisbane.

Samesame
Reply to  Troyy
7 days ago

Yeah. Gold Coast Aquatic Centre would be great if it had a roof.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

The bid is still shared between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with the Sunshine Coast having events too…