The Olympics will return to Australia for the third time with Brisbane officially awarded the hosting rights for the 2032 Games after a vote of member nationses 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 up the Brisbane night sky as Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Australian delegation, who had traveled to Tokyo to argue their case in person, signed contracts and took photos in Japan.
"It 'sa very proud day for Australia, make no mistake about it " said the President of the Australian Olympic Committee and Vice President of the IOC, John Coates said.
"I thank the IOC members for their trust. Brisbane 2032 is truly committed to serving the ideals of the Olympic movement. The data The Olympic Games in Brisbane 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. ”
The bid team, led by Palaszczuk, Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck and Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner, made presentations to the IOC before committee members questioned them about sustainability of the Games.
Schrinner said climate policy has always been a "key part" of the proposal, which included the use of sources of sustainable fuel and large plantations to help offset the ion emissions generated by the Games. "From the start, we wanted it to be a sustainable Games," Schrinner said. "We wanted it to be a sustainable Games.s get involved and… we would be the first host city to contract out a climate positive Games. "
Palaszczuk said the meeting Queensland would offer at the Olympics movement 'a safe pair of hands'. "We are committed to creating a successful model as part of your new host city strategy by presenting a cost neutral, climate positive, safe experience. . and exciting for the whole world, "she said.
Earlier Wednesday, IOC Director of Communications Mark Adams attempted to minimize the certainty surrounding the candidacy. "It 's not a done deal as it ' s still for the session to decide, " he said. "They can decide to put the issue back in the pot - there are still a number of cities interested. "
But with the fireworks already scheduled, the late drama was not pas expected and members ratified the decision during the IOC session at a lavish hotel in central Tokyo.
The 2032 Olympic Games, the third held in Australia, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, is estimated at $ 5 billion. Most of that is expected to be recouped through ticket revenue, national sponsorship and broadcast rights.
The bid predicted the Games will bring in $ 17 billion dollars in economic benefits, although the Olympic movement is famous for its high expectations, unmatched by economic reality.
"My government is proud to support this opportunity to Brisbane and South East Queensland, "Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in pleading his case via a video link from Australia.
"The Australian and Queensland governments fund entireThe infrastructure projects to be delivered for the Games, ensuring that they are delivered by Brisbane 2032, but also leave a legacy. "
Brisbane will also host the Paralympic Games, the second time Australia has done so - the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960.
"Our vision and the plans are as ambitious, as they should be, ”Paralympics Australia President Jock O 'Callaghan said in a statement. determination, equality, inspiration and courage.
Brisbane's successful bid comes amid a period 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 begins at the opening ceremony on Friday.
TheCIO continued its plans for the Games this month. Games, more than a year after its postponement due to Covid-19, faces widespread nationwide location opposition. Polls suggest that around 80% of the Japanese population want the Olympics canceled.