Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics

Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics
IOC president Thomas Bach announces Brisbane as the 2032 Olympics host city.
Tokyo, Jul 21 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/21/2021 1:53:34 PM IST

The Australian city of Brisbane has been selected to host the 2032 summer Olympics, said the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

“The International Olympic Committee has the honour to announce that the Games of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.
The decision was greeted by cheers from the Brisbane delegates at the IOC session, reported news agency AFP. In Brisbane, where a crowd had gathered, fireworks set out after the announcement was telecast on a big screen.
With this, Australia has become the second country after the United States to host the Olympic Games in three different cities. Prior to this, Melbourne had staged Olympics in 1956 and Sydney had in 2000.
Several cities and countries had expressed interest in hosting the 2032 Games, including Indonesia, Hungary’s capital Budapest, China, Qatar’s Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley region.
However, Brisbane had been the preferred host, chosen in February, and had earned the nod of IOC’s 15-strong executive board in June.
The city’s bid had earned repeated praise from the IOC for its high percentage of existing venues, support from all levels of government and the private sector, experience in organising major events and its favourable weather, among other things.
A commitment in April from the Australian government to split the infrastructure costs 50-50 with the local government allowed Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to forward the necessary financial guarantees to the IOC. The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Awarding the Games to Australia was also a nod to senior IOC member John Coates, a current IOC vice president, and one of the closest allies to IOC president Thomas Bach.
Coates, who reaches an IOC age limit of 74 in 2024 and will be forced to leave the organisation, had unsuccessfully attempted to land the 1992 Games for Brisbane that eventually were awarded to Barcelona.
The IOC overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities. There are no official candidate cities campaigning ahead of the vote as has been the case in the past.
Instead, the IOC picks a preferred host after talks with all interested cities and then puts that city to a vote at its session.
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.
Opening of Tokyo Olympics will be “a moment of joy and relief”: IOC president
The opening of Tokyo 2020 will be a moment of joy and relief, said the head of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.
With two days to the official opening of the 32nd Olympic Games, the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, told reporters that when athletes will enter the stadium on Friday 23rd of July, it will be “a moment of joy in particular for the athletes because I know how much they are longing for this moment and that they can finally be there, they can enjoy this moment under very special circumstances, and a feeling of relief because no need to tell you the road toward this opening ceremony was not the easiest one.”   
Translating a German saying expressing great relief, Bach said: “There is a saying that if you feel this kind of relief that there are stones falling from your heart, so if you hear some stones falling on the 23rd (of July) they may come from heart.”    Bach held a press conference attended by a high level delegation from Australia, the country who won the bid for the 2032 Olympic Games. Brisbane has been picked to host the future Olympics. The Australian city was the inevitable winner of a one-candidate race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. 
The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956. 
The Australian Minister for Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said: “It is a huge privilege for a nation, a state or a city, to be awarded the biggest and greatest sporting event on the planet.  “We are hugely excited by the opportunity that has presented to us by Brisbane ‘32 to host the games of the 35th Olympiad and Paralympic Games.”  
Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare. It won in a new bidding format that let the IOC pick a preferred choice early.
Bach said the games to be held in Australia are in line with the new road taken by the IOC. 
“It will be a project of sustainable games in every respect, and you could hear and see today that this was a matter of concern also for the IOC member and for the future host commission was carefully evaluated the sustainability approach,” he said.

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