The Olympics will return to Australia for a third time with Brisbane formally awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Games on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Its selection means that Brisbane will become the third Australian city to get the games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, with Australia only the second country in the world, after the United States, to stage summer Olympic Games in three different cities.
Brisbane was the only bid city still in the running and it was firmly endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted the games in 1956.
Celebratory fireworks lit up Brisbane’s night sky as the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the Australian delegation – who had travelled to Tokyo to make their case in person – signed contracts and took photos in Japan.
The bid team, led by Palaszczuk, the federal sports minister, Richard Colbeck, and the Brisbane lord mayor, Adrian Schrinner, made presentations to the IOC before committee members questioned them on the sustainability of the Games.
“This is a very proud day for Australia, make no mistake,” the Australian Olympic Committee president and IOC vice-president John Coates said.
“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. I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience.”
Brisbane and the surrounding region is set to host or co-host a number of sporting events in the next few years, including the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in cycling, and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in soccer.
The region also hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, an area which will host some events in 2032.
Paris is set to host the 2024 Olympics; Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy will host in Winter Winter Olympics in 2026; and Los Angeles will host in 2028.
In 2022, Beijing will become the first city that has held both the summer and the winter Olympic Games.
Eleven cities will have hosted the Olympic Games more than once: Athens (1896 and 2004 Summer Olympics), Paris (1900, 1924 and 2024 Summer Olympics), London (1908, 1948 and 2012 Summer Olympics), St. Moritz (1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics), Lake Placid (1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics), Los Angeles (1932, 1984 and 2028 Summer Olympics), Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956 and 2026 Winter Olympics), Innsbruck (1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics and 2012 Winter Youth Olympics), Tokyo (1964 and 2020 Summer Olympics), Lillehammer (1994 Winter Olympics and 2016 Winter Youth Olympics), Gangwon Province (Pyeongchang) (2018 Winter Olympics and 2024 Winter Youth Olympics) and Beijing (2008 Summer Olympics and 2022 Winter Olympics).
Paris will become the second city to do this with the 2024 Summer Olympics, followed by Los Angeles as the third in 2028.
The United States has hosted a total of eight Olympic Games, more than any other country, followed by France with five editions. Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan and Germany have each hosted three Games.