The Olympics will return to Australia for the third time, with Brisbane officially securing the rights to host the 2032 Games after a vote by member countries of the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo.
Wednesday’s decision was won in advance as Brisbane was the only candidate city still in the running and it was strongly endorsed by the IOC.
Celebratory fireworks lit the Brisbane night sky as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Australian delegation, which had traveled to Tokyo to advocate in person, signed contracts and took on photos in Japan.
“It’s a very proud day for Australia, make no mistake about it”said Australian Olympic Committee President and IOC Vice President John Coates.
“I thank the IOC members for their trust. Brisbane 2032 is truly committed to serving the ideals of the Olympic movement. The Brisbane Olympics will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands. I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience ”, he added.
Brisbane’s winning bid comes at a time of turmoil for the IOC. The Switzerland-based international sports body has drawn sustained criticism for its approach to the Tokyo 2020 Games, which began on Wednesday with softball games and officially begin at the opening ceremony on Friday.
The IOC continued its plans for this month’s Games, more than a year after they were postponed due to Covid-19, in the face of widespread national opposition. Polls suggest that around 80% of the Japanese population want the Olympics canceled.