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Simply irresistible: IOC board unanimously backs Brisbane 2032 Olympics

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Dec 20, 2019
Brisbane is almost certain to host the 2032 Games after Olympics boss Thomas Bach described its bid as “irresistible” and recommended it to a vote of all IOC members.

Brisbane’s candidacy was unanimously supported by the IOC’s executive board following a three-day meeting in Lausanne and is now expected to be ratified on July 21, just two days before the opening ceremony in Tokyo.


Australia’s Olympic supremo John Coates, pictured with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, played a key role in building political support for Brisbane’s 2032 bid.CREDIT:JONO SEARLE

It means that barring a wholesale revolt by IOC members against the new host city selection process they endorsed just two years ago, the Olympic flame will be lit at the Gabba 11 years from now.

Mr Bach, the IOC president who, along with Australia’s Olympic supremo John Coates, has championed the new selection process, said discussions would continue with Brisbane’s rivals for 2032 with a view to finding host cites for the 2036 and 2040 Games.


IOC president Thomas Bach.CREDIT:AP

Although Mr Bach did not agree that Brisbane’s candidacy was a fait accompli, he confirmed the southeast Queensland bid is the only one that will be put to IOC members six weeks from now.

Brisbane’s bid was endorsed earlier this year by the IOC’s Future Host Commission responsible for identifying prospective host cities without resort to the competitive – and in some instances corrupt – bid processes of the past.

“The IOC executive board has decided to propose Brisbane 2032 for election by the IOC session in Tokyo, as host of the Games of the 35th Olympiad,” Mr Bach said.

“This commission looked in depth at all aspects of Brisbane 2032; the master venue plan, sustainability, feasibility and legacy and highlighting the impressive public support as well as the strong support across the entire political spectrum in Australia.

“All this together I think made it somehow irresistible for the commission as well as for the executive board today.”

The IOC said the decision of the executive board was unanimous in support of the Brisbane plan, which would see Australia’s third Olympics centred in Brisbane and spread across the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

The IOC published a KPMG report commissioned by Queensland’s Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport which estimates that the Games will deliver an $8.1 billion boost to Queensland and a $17.6 billion national benefit.

These figures are roughly halved between an estimated economic benefit – and in Queensland’s case the creation of more than 90,000 jobs over 20 years – and a social benefit estimated to accrue from increased community spirit and civic pride, greater participation in sport and an enhanced culture of volunteering.


Brisbane is next month expected to be named host of the 2032 Olympics.CREDIT:ISTOCK

Mr Bach said he was taken with the strength of popular support for the bid in Australia and political support at all levels of government.

Although Mr Bach played down Mr Coates’ role in promoting the Brisbane bid, his involvement was pivotal in swinging the Federal government, Queensland government and the City of Brisbane behind the 2032 campaign.

Mr Bach declined to speculate on the likely outcome of the vote of IOC members.

He said they would be provided the report of the Future Host Commission, the executive board recommendation and be given an opportunity to examine and question the technical details of the bid over the next three weeks.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to travel to Tokyo next month for the announcement of Brisbane as the 2032 host city.


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