International Olympic Committee members voted July 21 to elect Brisbane, Australia, as host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The secret ballot was held at the 138th IOC Session in Tokyo, two days before the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, under strict COVID-19 restrictions. The session heard presentations by Brisbane 2032, including by video from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as well as a final report from Kristin Kloster, chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad, the IOC body responsible for monitoring and analyzing interest in hosting the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.
Brisbane received 72 yes and five no votes from 77 valid votes.
Before the vote, IOC members were able to pose questions to Kloster about the election process, and to Brisbane 2032 about their proposal to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane and South-East Queensland.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We encourage Olympic Games projects which are sustainable and economically responsible, which deliver the best possible Games experience for athletes and fans, and which leave solid legacies for local communities. The Brisbane 2032 vision and Games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, and complement the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5, while focusing on providing memorable sports experiences for athletes and fans. Today’s vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from IOC members and International Federations in the past few months.”
Australia has hosted the Olympic Games twice before: in 2000 (Sydney) and 1956 (Melbourne).
“The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queensland will forge an enduring legacy for our entire nation,” said Morrison. “They will support economic growth and investment, deliver lasting community benefits and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes.”
The 2024 Olympic Games will be held in Paris, and the 2028 Games will take place in Los Angeles.