It’s official people – Brisbane has been confirmed as the host of the Olympic Games in 2032. Not that we’re surprised, but still! It’s huge! And it’s about time!
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk teared up with joy as fireworks went off over the Brisbane river in celebration of their win, which has been a long time coming.
Brisbane just won the bid to host the 2032 Olympics! 🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/QyyFDF27wN
— PWR Lachlan ⚡️ (@LachlanYT) July 21, 2021
BREAKING: Brisbane, Queensland has officially been named the host city for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. #Brisbane2032 pic.twitter.com/63yINm9WZf
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 21, 2021
The official numbers revealed that it wasn’t a totally unanimous decision to have Brisbane hosting, but it was close! There were 72 votes for Brisbane’s bid, three abstensions and five against.
The Games will run from July 23 to August 8, with the Paralympics straight after. Brisbane is getting an expanded Gabba stadium as the centrepiece of the Games, and there’ll be two new athlete villages constructed – one in Brisbane, and the other in the Gold Coast. Which honestly sounds like a dream destination to me, and is going to do wonders for Queensland’s tourism.
The events are going to be staged at over 30 venues across south-east Queensland in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands.
“The Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands. And I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience,” said AOC President John Coates said in a press release.
“Of course, many of these athletes are the children of the world right now. Young people who will be glued to their television sets over the next two weeks as the great champions of the world compete here in Tokyo. Many Olympic dreams will be created here in Tokyo, thanks to the generosity of the people of Japan and the commitment of today’s Olympians.”
This will be the third time Australia hosts the summer Olympics, with the first two being Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.