The IOC awarded this Wednesday the organization of the Summer Olympics in 2032 in Brisbane. A decision without surprise since the Australian city was the only one in contention.
Brisbane on Wednesday won the organization of the 2032 Summer Olympics, allowing the Olympic world to prepare for the future at the time of the opening of the Tokyo Games, tumultuous for the host city and troubled by the pandemic. Alone in the running, the Australian city was elected by the members of the IOC, gathered for their 138th session in the Japanese capital, and will therefore succeed Paris, host of the 2024 Olympics, then Los Angeles, host of those of 2028.
This designation without competition may come as a surprise, as the ceremonial vote separating the candidate cities to host the Games has punctuated decades of Olympic life, with its costly lobbying behind the scenes and then its opening of an envelope followed by hugs or tears. But the reform adopted in June 2019 allows the IOC to start at any time a “targeted dialogue” with a “preferential” candidate, with the aim of defusing the growing reluctance to organize the Olympic Games, to reduce costs and to build up a breeding ground. future host cities.
A dossier deemed “irresistible” by Bach
Brisbane, aided by the influence of the Australian Vice-President of the IOC, John Coates, has enjoyed this status since February. In June, the head of the instance Thomas Bach had also praised his “irresistible” record and the Australians’ “love” for sport. Australia, among the few countries to have never missed an edition of the Summer Games, is “a huge Olympic village” with its multiple nationalities, ethnic origins and around 300 languages spoken, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. by videoconference.
The capital of Queensland, already a candidate for the 1992 Olympics awarded to Barcelona and involved in 2018 in hosting the Commonwealth Games, also promises “84% of existing and temporary venues”, a key criterion since the Olympic body began his hunt for white elephants.
Qatar, Seoul and Pyongyang
His announced designation had displeased Qatar, which also wanted to host the 2032 Games, like Seoul and Pyongyang who had formalized their joint candidacy in April. This is the third time in its history that Australia will host the Summer Games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.