Queensland is edging closer to winning the hosting rights for the 2032 Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has met overnight and unanimously agreed to put Brisbane forward as the preferred host of the Games.
Members will formally vote on the proposal on July 21 in Tokyo, which will be the 138th session.
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Committee President Thomas Bach says it’s the first host to be decided under a new voting system.
“Brisbane 2032 is the first preferred host under the new approach to elections, which has been approved by the IOC session in May 2019,” Mr Bach said.
The event master plan includes the use of 84 existing venues across the southeast, including here on the Gold Coast.
Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed the news that Brisbane will be put forward as preferred host.
“We are one step closer … great news for the SEQ region,’’ he said.
“It just goes to show what can be achieved when we work together. I know we would not even be in the running to host the 2032 Olympics if it was not for the great success of GC2018, and the 2018 Sports Accord.
“Gold Coasters can feel proud that their efforts in 2018 have now seen the entire region edge closer to a decision regarding the 2032 Olympics.’’
The board reports that the viability of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic project is demonstrated by its core strengths:
- A passion-driven offer from a sports-loving nation that has sent athletes to every edition of the modern Olympic Games and nearly every edition of the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games.
- A strong masterplan (presented in this video by Brisbane 2032) using 84 per cent existing and temporary venues, set against a spectacular backdrop. The remaining venues will be delivered well in advance and irrespective of the Games to meet the needs of a fast-growing population.
- Strong support from all three levels of government, the Australian population, and the private sector.
- A commitment to embrace the principles of Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5, to create an Olympic project to achieve lasting and meaningful legacies for local communities.
- Alignment with existing strategies to accelerate progress towards long-term socio-economic goals, as well as the goals of the Olympic Movement, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and World Health Organization guidelines on physical activity.
- A clear Olympic and Paralympic vision, designed to be as inclusive as possible, with a “10+10+” legacy concept spanning 10 years before and 10 years after the Games.
- A commitment to sustainability, and climate-positive and athlete-centric Games.
- A balanced, fully privately-funded budget and an independent impact study that clearly demonstrates the social, environmental and economic benefits of holding the Games.