Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the state will make an official bid to host the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.
The government had been assessing the feasibility of the state hosting the games for months but has “given the green light to go to the next level for an Olympics in Queensland in 2032”.
“From day one I have said the Olympics would have to be inclusive of Queensland,” said Palaszczuk.
“Everyone has to share the pride and the jobs right up and down this state.
“If we are to have these Games, it’s not about a couple of weeks of competition, it’s about a decade’s worth of preparation and accelerated investment in the years leading up to 2032, and then capitalising on it in the years after.”
AOC President John Coates welcomed the announcement saying “sport unites us and inspires us”.
“We have a lot of work to do from here, but it’s hard not to be excited about the benefits that will flow over many decades if Queensland was successful,” Coates said in a statement.
“This is not about a few weeks of sport. It’s about a decade of opportunity for sport, the community and the economy, leading into the Games – and for decades after. But now we have to focus on ensuring Queensland mounts a compelling case.”
More than 80 per cent of the venues required to host the Games already exist across the state, with the IOC set to contribute US$1.8 billion towards the operating costs of the Games to ensure it could be cost-neutral.