Brisbane officially announced as host of 2032 Olympics

The Australian city and the surrounding South East Queensland region have been approved as Games hosts by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Tokyo on Wednesday.

“Brisbane 2032 is the first future host to be elected and to take full advantage of the new flexible approach to elect Olympic hosts,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

The approach encourages Olympic projects that use existing and temporary venues, Bach added.

The Olympics are slated to take place from July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5, at 37 venues.

Brisbane and the surrounding area are expected to host or co-host a number of sporting events over the next few years, including the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup, the UCI Road Cycling World Championships 2022 and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Football Cup.

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The region also hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, an area that will host some events in 2032.

“The vision and plan for the Brisbane 2032 Games is part of long-term regional and national strategies for the social and economic development of Queensland and Australia,” said Bach, who is currently in Tokyo for the Games. Olympic Games, which were delayed for a year due to Covid19.

The pandemic continues to overshadow the games, with a raft of athletes dropping their events following testing positive for the virus.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holds a queue card after Brisbane's announcement at an IOC session in Tokyo.

This will be Brisbane’s first Games, although Australia has already hosted two: Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000. Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Games has met with no opposition.

Opposition to hosting the Games has grown over the past decades as citizens question the long-term impact on their neighborhoods and public finances.

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Critics lament an Olympic legacy of “white elephants” like the rusty stadiums of Athens left behind after the Greek capital hosted the 2004 Games, which cost $ 11 billion and became powerful symbols of waste during the crisis. the country’s debt.

On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a € 54 million ($ 63.6 million) project to redevelop the Athens Olympic Athletics Center (OAKA).

The site was redesigned for the 2004 Games, but is operating at a loss and has cost the Greek state 200 million euros ($ 235.5 million) since 2005, according to a government press release. The goal is to reopen the site in 2023 and create 1,400 permanent jobs.

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