Townsville will host some of the soccer events as part of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games with the Organising Committee set to hold its next board meeting in the North Queensland city.
Townsville’s inclusion is part of a broader push to ensure the 2032 Games goes beyond Brisbane, with the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Redland, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Moreton Bay, Cairns and the Scenic Rim all set to co-host some of the sporting events.
“Townsville is one of 10 Queensland cities and towns hosting Games events, so it is fitting that the Organising Committee Board meets here,” said Queensland Premier and Olympic and Paralympic Games Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“Once an Olympic and Paralympic host, always an Olympic and Paralympic host, which gives Townsville great advantages in attracting new investment and tourism which we are keen to explore over the next nine years and the decades to come.”
Australian Olympic Committee president Ian Chesterman said sport had traditionally helped “our regions thrive”.
“I am looking forward to seeing our Olympics Unleashed program delivered in Townsville,” Chesterman said.
“It’s so important that kids can hear first-hand from Olympians to equip them with those critical life skills.”
Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium will likely host the events, with the organising committee set to tour Townville’s sporting venues when they meet.