KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Brisbane, as plotted by IOC president Thomas Bach, and his Australian political ally John Coates, will host the Olympic Games in 2032.
The International Olympic Committee dumped the old traditional bidding system after the reordered awards of 2024 and 2028 to Paris and Los Angeles and took the decision-making in house, amid its own executive board.
In February the board approved Brisbane to go forward as the only candidate for 2032 and the rubber stamp was applied by the IOC Session in Tokyo. Brisbane won 72-5 with three t abstentions.
Presumably the grumpy eight were from cities and countries upset at being denied even the right to bid.
Australia last hosted the Games in Sydney in 2000, while they were held in Melbourne in 1956 – apart from the equestrian events which were held in Stockholm because of animal import health controls.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the IOC in a live link from his office: “We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told voters: “We want to show the world that mid-sized cities and regions can host the Games without financial distress or missed deadlines.”
Brisbane said it already has 84pc of stadia and venues in place and events will be staged across Queensland, including in Gold Coast, which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The city’s famous cricket stadium, known as the Gabba, will be upgraded and may host the sport. If so, it will be cricket’s first appearance since the 1900 Paris Games.
A new swimming arena is planned and billions of dollars will be spent on transport projects – not because of the Olympics but in time for them, Brisbane officials said.