The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) has unanimously designated Brisbane as the “preferred candidate city” to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games putting the Queensland capital in the front seat against other bidders.
“We have unanimously after a very intense discussion approved this recommendation,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.
“The commission based on this decision will start more detailed discussions with the Brisbane 2032 committee and the Australian Olympic Committee about their potential to host the Olympic Games 2032.”
Brisbane and the IOC will now have targeted discussions over the next 12 months.
If successful, Brisbane would become the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Chair of the Future Host Summer Commission, Kristin Kloster Aasen, said Brisbane was selected due to “a number of criteria that sit really well with us”.
“The reason for us recommending the Brisbane project is they are a very advanced project and there are,” Aasen said.
“The high level of expertise in hosting major international sports events, the favourable climate conditions in July and August.
“The existing and planned transport infrastructure and experience in traffic management which can adequately meet the demands of the Olympic Games and were successfully implemented for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
“The existing hotel inventory, which also meets the Games requirements.”
While Aasen cautioned that it was “not a done deal”, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner welcomed the news, saying Brisbane “has come of age”.
“Our region has come of age and we are ready and we are capable,” he said.
He also said it would spur a “decade-long infrastructure boom”.
“If we don’t have that investment in our region we will end up like Sydney and, to a certain extent, Melbourne,” he said.
“We will become a place where connectivity is a problem. We need these things anyway and the Games is the opportunity to bring it forward.”