Brisbane at night

Brisbane secures the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo: Will Cuckson.

In a historic vote on the eve of Tokyo 2020, the IOC awarded Brisbane, Queensland the Games for 2032 and XXXV Olympiad.

Brisbane, Australia has secured the 2032 Games of the XXXV Olympiad, after the International Olympic Committee voted on Wednesday night in Tokyo.

Eleven years from now, Australia will host its third Olympic Games, following on from Sydney 2000 and Melbourne 1956.

The announcement came at the end of a presentation given by the Brisbane 2032 delegation at the IOC conference in Tokyo.

Australian Olympic Committee President Mr John Coates led the final bid for Brisbane 2032, calling the XXXV Olympiad “the together games”, referencing togetherness in all aspects of the Olympics.

Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison spoke via video link from Canberra, while Premier of Queensland the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Sport Hon Richard Colbeck and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner presented in Tokyo.

The presentation was followed by an opportunity for the members of the IOC to ask final questions of the delegation.

All IOC Members were given the opportunity to vote and the Games of the XXXV Olympiad were officially awarded to Brisbane.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach announces Brisbane as host city of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo: IOC Media.

Mr Coates said Brisbane is ready to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the world’s greatest sporting event – to the highest standard.

“This is a very proud day for Australia, make no mistake. I thank the IOC Members for their confidence.

“Brisbane 2032 is genuinely committed to serving the ideals of the Olympic movement.

“The Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands. And I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience,” he said.

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The Olympics will be hosted in Brisbane, with the Gabba the main venue for ceremonies and athletics. However, the Games will be supported by venues on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

“Australia will welcome the world in 2032.

“South-East Queensland is Australia’s fasting growing region, offering a friendly and culturally diverse people with a passion for sport, first-class sporting facilities, excellent transport and a commitment to put the world’s athletes at the centre of everything we do.

“Queensland’s climate, iconic beaches and environmental attractions make our offering irresistible for athletes, families, friends and sports lovers.”

Thousands were crowded at South Bank in Brisbane to mark the occasion and celebrate their city’s opportunity to host the 2032 Games.

After Brisbane secured the 2032 Games, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they will forge an enduring legacy for the nation.

“I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this win for our country.

“The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s candidacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games right from the very start. We believe in this bid,” he said.

Mr Coates said what really excites him is the great opportunity for Australian children, for Olympic sports and the capacity of sport to meet the great challenges facing all communities.

“We can supercharge Australian sport to produce a new generation of Cathy Freemans and Kieren Perkins across the sporting landscape.

“A new generation of heroes to inspire young people. To promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. To meet the inter-generational challenges we face.

“A record number of proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes, our First Nations people are representing their country in Tokyo this month. Imagine the possibilities for our Indigenous kids leading into 2032 and the positive impact of empowering young people now and for the period beyond the Brisbane Games,” he said.

For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

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