LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee has hailed the “strong foundations, exceptional work quality and extensive engagement with stakeholders” being made by the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

Speaking afterwards a second meeting, the IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Kirsty Coventry, said: “Brisbane 2032 has made important and measured progress over the past year. The development of their organisational strategy and Games plan gives us great confidence, providing a clear roadmap to achieve truly impactful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.”

She continued: “Working closely with the IOC and International Paralympic Committee [IPC], the Organising Committee continues to deliver on its commitments at a high standard, ensuring all stakeholders are part of the journey. This reinforces the ambition to deliver Games with and for the people, which will leave a lasting legacy well beyond the end of competition.”

Andrew Liveris, President of Brisbane 2032, added: “I’m pleased that we delivered on our 2023 commitments, including the development of a clear strategy and Games plan – defining who we are as an organisation and our actions and milestones for the years ahead.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games bring with them significant positive impact to be shared across Australia – including a projected AUD 17 billion in economic and social benefits.

“These are our Games to share together. Our Organising Committee is determined to deliver a Games for all to be proud of and benefit from.”

Today’s meeting gave Brisbane 2032 the opportunity to emphasise the successful delivery of several strategic initiatives under the direct responsibility of the Organising Committee in recent months. This includes the development of an organisational strategy, and a Games plan – a comprehensive document that provides stakeholders with valuable insights into the Games scope, priorities and governance mechanisms.

Discussions highlighted several other advancements, including Brisbane 2032’s commercial strategy, which will enable the Organising Committee to deliver on its commitment to remain self-funded, as well as the development of a Human Rights Framework and the inaugural First Nations Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

In addition, the Brisbane team detailed the work already underway to develop their brand strategy and emblem design. As part of this, three First Nations students have been recruited to undertake paid internships within the team, which will help shape the visual identity of these Games.

With all these foundations now in place, the Organising Committee explained that it is now transitioning towards the next phase of delivery, outlining key priorities set for 2024.

One of these will be to leverage insights from Paris 2024, with Brisbane 2032 aiming to use learnings to refine its delivery strategies, while also enhancing stakeholder engagement on the ground at this summer’s Games.

The development of a sustainability strategy will be another key priority, while there will also be a focus on legacy planning. This will include the evolution of “Elevate 2042”, a shared 20-year vision for a lasting Games legacy, building upon opportunities accelerated by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The recent independent venue review conducted in Queensland, which aimed to assess the suitability and viability of current projects, was also discussed. The Commission was informed that 27 of the review’s 30 recommendations were accepted by the Queensland government, and further consultation with stakeholders will take place to finalise the venue masterplan.

The Coordination Commission noted that the Games will use the venues that are available based on investment decisions made with a view to meeting the long-terms needs of the region and its population, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 and the New Norm. It also expressed the willingness of the IOC, the IPC and the Olympic Movement to work with Brisbane 2032 on any adaptations needed to the venue masterplan.

As Brisbane 2032 progresses on its journey towards hosting the Games, the Organising Committee explained that collaboration, innovation and inclusivity will continue to drive its efforts. The Coordination Commission then concluded by sharing the collective commitment of all stakeholders to ensure the success of Brisbane 2032.

The Olympic Games Brisbane 2032 are scheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August, with the Paralympic Games following between 24 August and 5 September.