Queensland, Australia will bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games after the state government signed off on a plan on Monday morning. The official bid will be launched once the Federal Government gives the plan its final blessing, according to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
That final approval is viewed as a rubber-stamp, given that the Prime Minister’s representative on the delegation, Ted O’Brien, welcomed the decision.
Queensland’s bid, if successful, would be unique, in that hosting would go to the state as a whole, rather than to a single city – though in practice, most Olympic Games are hosted in multiple cities because of the enormity of staging. Queensland recently hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The state says that they will spend the next 6 months evaluating which existing venues could be used for the event, with an initial plan of using the Gabba in Brisbane to host the opening ceremony. That venue is currently a 42,000 seat cricket ground, but as an outdoor venue could be easily expanded.
Queensland is the firmest of the potential 2032 bidders. While at this point, most bids are speculative and in very early stages, a few other countries and/or cities have expressed some interest publicly about hosting. That includes:
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Mumbai, India
- Madrid, Spain
- a 13-city bid in Germany
- a joint bid between South Korea and North Korea
- Florence and Bologna, Italy
- London, UK (mayor Sadiq Khan said that 2032 is possible, but 2036 is more likely)
- St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi, Russia (though a list of WADA sanctions announced on Monday includes a request not allowing them to bid on the 2032 Olympics)