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Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 9:23 AM
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, announces Brisbane as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city during the 138th IOC Session at Hotel Okura in Tokyo, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, announces Brisbane as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city during the 138th IOC Session at Hotel Okura in Tokyo, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, celebrates after Brisbane was announced as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city during the IOC Session at Hotel Okura in Tokyo, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, celebrates after Brisbane was announced as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city during the IOC Session at Hotel Okura in Tokyo, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
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TOKYO (AP):

Brisbane was picked earlier today to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to avoid rival bids.

The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956.

"We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told IOC members in an 11-minute live video link from his office.

When the award was later confirmed, with Brisbane winning the vote 72-5, Morrison raised both arms in the air and gave two thumbs up.

The victory led to a fireworks display in Brisbane that was broadcast to IOC members in their five-star hotel in Tokyo.

Though the result was expected, a high-level Australian delegation went to Tokyo amid the COVID-19 pandemic to present speeches, films and promises on stage. The city of Brisbane sent Mayor Adrian Schrinner, the state of Queensland sent Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Australia's federal government sent sports minister Richard Colbeck to woo Olympic voters.

They were joined by long-time Australian Olympic official John Coates, now an IOC vice president who shaped the fast-track selection process two years ago that now rewarded his Brisbane bid.

"We want to show the world that mid-sized cities and regions can host the Games without financial distress or missed deadlines," Palaszczuk told voters.

Brisbane said it already has 84 percent of stadiums and event venues in place to fit the IOC's modern demand of avoiding excessive spending and potential white-elephant projects.

A new swimming arena is planned and billions of dollars will be spent on transport projects - not because of the Olympics but in time for them, Brisbane officials said.

The first-time format was designed to cut campaign costs, give the IOC more control in dealing discreetly with preferred candidates and removed the risk of vote-buying.

The project was described by the IOC as "a passion-driven, athlete-centric offer from a sports-loving nation". Events will be staged across Queensland, including in Gold Coast, which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.