Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee rubber stamped the only contender in Tokyo on Wednesday night.
The chief of Australia’s Olympic Committee John Coates, along with Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk answered questions from IOC officials, after outlining the bid.
The questions ranged from Brisbane’s commitment to host a climate conscious Games, to venues to be used within the state and the weather during the propsed winter time frame for the event. They were also asked if future governments would back the Olympics if there was political change.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, watching from home, gave two thumbs up as a live site in Brisbane watched a fireworks display.
Brisbane becomes the third Australian city after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney 2000 to win the rights to host the Olympics.
WATCH: The moment International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach announced Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. pic.twitter.com/aMCnG4oHI2
— Tyson Whelan (@tyson_whelan) July 21, 2021
Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games president Hashimoto Seiko congratulated Brisbane on its winning bid.
“My heartfelt congratulations go to the people of Brisbane and Australia,” he said.
“Over the past year, the world’s sporting community has faced the multiple challenges of COVID-19; however, under the steadfast leadership of IOC president Thomas Bach, the Olympic movement has made steady progress, culminating in today’s decision in favour of Brisbane.”
The IOC revealed Brisbane received 72 of the 80 available votes with three abstaining and five voting against a Brisbane Games.
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) July 21, 2021
The city being awarded the Games became a formality when the Executive Board last month approved Brisbane candidacy. It meant it was the sole candidate presented to the IOC session for consideration.
The decision was celebrated on social media in Australia.
We did it!
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming back to Australia. #Brisbane2032@Olympics | @Paralympics | @Queensland | @brisbanecityqld | @ausgov | #SEQMayors | @AUSParalympics pic.twitter.com/6cPxTy32Hv
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) July 21, 2021
The winner is … Brisbane!
The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming to Australia ???? pic.twitter.com/ROvHMRNTIh
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 21, 2021