Brisbane 2032 Olympics: why was the Australian city awarded summer Olympic and Paralympic Games?

After being approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Brisbane will host the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2032

The Australian city of Brisbane has been awarded as the host of the 2032 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But why was the city chosen as the 2032 host?

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After being approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Brisbane will host the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2032 (Photo: Shutterstock)
After being approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Brisbane will host the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2032 (Photo: Shutterstock)

Why was Brisbane chosen as the host city of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games?

After being approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Brisbane will host the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2032.

Several cities and countries had expressed an interest in hosting the 2032 Games, including Indonesia, China, Doha in Qatar and Budapest in Hungary.

However, the Australian city was named the preferred bidder and its victory looked a certainty after it was unanimously selected as the single candidate for 2032 by the IOC's 15-strong executive board.

The state of Queensland hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and the bid for Brisbane was praised due to its high percentage of already existing venues, its experience in organising major events and its favourable weather.

The city’s plans also made use of 84% existing or temporary venues, with the Gabba cricket ground now set to be rebuilt to become the lead venue.

In 2019, the IOC changed its bidding rules in order to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities.

‘It's a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country’

Brisbane delegates at the IOC session in Tokyo cheered when they heard the news, while fireworks were set off in the Australian city, where people had gathered to await the result of the vote.

IOC president, Thomas Bach, said: “The International Olympic Committee has the honour to announce that the Games of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia.”

This will make it the third time Australia has hosted the Olympics, after being held in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

The country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said: "It's a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country.

"Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane's standing across our region and the world."

"The Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands," said Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates, who is an IOC vice-president.

"And I make this commitment to the athletes of the world - we will provide you with an unforgettable experience."

Where will the next summer Olympic and Paralympics take place?

The French capital of Paris will stage the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2024, with the US city of Los Angeles to host the 2028 summer Games.

When will the winter Olympics and Paralympics take place?

The next winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Beijing in 2022.