IOC elects Brisbane 2032 as Olympic and Paralympic host

IOC elects Brisbane 2032 as Olympic and Paralympic host

Under strict COVID-19 restrictions, the secret ballot took place at the 138 th Session, Tokyo, just two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. The Session heard presentations by Brisbane 2032, including by video link-up from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as well as a final report from Kristin Kloster, Chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad - the IOC body responsible for monitoring and analysing interest in hosting the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

From 77 valid votes, Brisbane received 72 yes votes and 5 no votes.

IOC members were able ask Mrs Kloster questions about the election process and Brisbane 2032 about their proposal for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, stated that: "We support Olympic Games projects that are sustainable and financially responsible, which deliver best possible Games experiences for athletes and fans, as well as leave solid legacies to local communities. The Games plan and Brisbane 2032 vision fit in with long-term regional strategies in Australia and Queensland for economic and social development. They also complement the Olympic Movement goals outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020. Today's vote shows that we trust Brisbane and Queensland to host the Paralympic and Olympic Games 2032. In the last few months, we have received a lot positive feedback from IOC members and International Federations.

Brisbane 2032 is the future host that has been elected under the new flexible approach to Electing Olympic Hosts. These reforms allow the IOC to partner with cities, regions, and countries to promote Olympic projects that use a high percentage (or more) of temporary venues and are aligned with long-term development plans. They also encourage projects that have a strong vision for local communities and sports.

President Bach stated that the new approach was lighter, more collaborative, smaller, and has a positive effect. We have a large pool of interested parties for 2036 and 2040, which are almost 20 years away. I don't recall ever being in such a favorable position before the Olympic Games.

"We enter Tokyo 2020 fully confident for the future Olympic Movement."

The Honourable Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, stated that the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Queensland will leave an indelible legacy for all Australians. They will encourage and support economic growth, investment, and long-lasting community benefits.

"I am proud to be Australian, proud to be from Queensland, and proud of the team that won this victory for Australia. From the beginning, the Commonwealth Government supported Brisbane's bid for the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. We support this bid. It's an enormous opportunity for our country, just as the Melbourne Games in 1956 or the Sydney Olympics 2000.

After the election, the Honourable Annastacia Palszczuk MP was elected Premier of Queensland and Minister of Trade. Councillor Adrian Schrinner and the Right Honourable Lord mayor of Brisbane signed the Host Contract 2032. Mr John Coates AC is President of the Australian Olympic Committee.

Ms. Palaszczuk stated that Queensland's core approach is to combine Games legacy and long-term planning.

"We will work closely with all levels of government to embed Games legacy possibilities in existing programmes, and we will create a Games Legacy Fund. This is to ensure that legacy can be delivered effectively over the next 10 and 10 years. This means that we not only develop a new generation Olympic athletes but also give small businesses the chance to grow their business and export the world.

Councillor Schrinner said: "Local government leaders started this amazing journey, and it is now our job to ensure Brisbane 2032 leaves a legacy for everyone who calls South-East Queensland home."

"This is an amazing opportunity for Australia's fastest-growing capital city. The Paralympic and Olympic Games success will help our region provide for future growth and ensure Brisbane will continue to grow."

IOC Members were consulted and engaged throughout the process since June 2019 when the new method of electing was approved.

Mrs Kloster had delivered three previous reports to the Session, most recently in March of this year, when she presented a detailed Future Host Commission report and Feasibility Assessment. After receiving the report in March this year, the Session supported the decision to conduct a Targeted Dialogue with Brisbane 2032.

In June, IOC Members had a second briefing in camera. This was part of the regular consultations between IOC and Members. This briefing replaced the old Members' technical briefing and included a detailed presentation by both the Brisbane 2032 team as well as the Australian Olympic Committee.

Members also heard from Mrs Kloster about the in-depth analysis of the project carried out through Targeted Dialogue, at the end of which Brisbane 2032 put forward a Final Submission in response to the IOC's Future Host Questionnaire, setting out its vision and technical ambitions for hosting the Games. The Future Host Commission Report was produced and the Commission recommended that Brisbane 2032 be elected. This decision was endorsed by the IOC Executive Board.