The city of Brisbane, Australia, won the organization of the 2032 Summer Olympics on Wednesday, July 21, allowing the Olympic world to plan for the future two days before the start of the Tokyo Games, which have been tumultuous for the host city and plagued by the pandemic.
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The Australian city was chosen by IOC members gathered in the Japanese capital for their 138th session, and will thus succeed Paris, host of the 2024 Olympics, and Los Angeles, host of the 2028 Olympics.
This designation without competition may surprise some, as the ceremonial vote separating the candidate cities to host the Games has marked decades of Olympic life, with its costly lobbying behind the scenes and then the opening of an envelope followed by hugs or tears.
However, the June 2019 reform allows the IOC to initiate a “targeted dialogue” with a “preferential” candidate at any time, with the goal of defusing the growing reluctance to organize the Olympic Games, lowering costs, and serving as a breeding ground. cities that will host future events.
Brisbane has held this position since February, thanks to the influence of the Australian IOC Vice-President, John Coates. In June, the instance’s head, Thomas Bach, praised his “irresistible” record as well as the Australians’ “love” for sport.
Australia, one of the few countries to have never missed a Summer Games, is a “huge Olympic village” with multiple nationalities, ethnic origins, and around 300 languages spoken, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said by videoconference on Wednesday.
The Queensland capital, which was already a candidate for the 1992 Olympics, which were awarded to Barcelona, and will host the Commonwealth Games in 2018, also promises “84 per cent of existing and temporary venues,” a key criterion since the Olympic body began his hunt for white elephants.
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His announcement had irritated Qatar, which, like Seoul and Pyongyang, had announced their joint candidacy for the 2032 Games in April.
Australia will host the Summer Games for the third time in its history, following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.