Somebody call Nikki Webster because Queensland is officially in the race to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
If successful, 2032 would be the first Olympics on home soil since the 2000 Sydney games in which we saw a baby Nikki Webster welcome the world with a stellar performance of ‘Strawberry Kisses.’
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuzuk announced the bid on Monday afternoon after being “given the green light to go to the next level for an Olympics in Queensland in 2032”.
Palaszcuzuk claims the major international event would provide legacy benefits for “generations to come,” according to 7News.
“Of course, an Olympics means a lot to this state,” Palaszcuzuk said.
“It’s pride in our state. It tells the rest of the world that we’re firmly on the map.”
The games would take place across Queensland between July 23 and August 8, 2032.
“Sport unites us and inspires us. We have a lot of work to do from here, but it’s hard not to be excited about the benefits that will flow over many decades if Queensland was successful,” Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates AC said in a statement.
In addition to the obvious tourism boost, Palaszcuzuk claims an additional 129,000 jobs across construction, retail and tourism would be created if the state manages to win the bid, 9News reports.
Approximately 80% of the infrastructure required to host such a massive event already exists in the state, with the government looking to improve existing facilities rather than building new venues.
“We don’t have to build huge venues that will not be used into the future,” she said.
It is predicted that the event, if given the go ahead, would boost the economy by a whopping $7 billion.
The last time the Olympics came to Australia, we were blessed with a Nikki Webster performance, the adorable mascots Olly, Syd and Millie, and Cathy Freeman’s spectacular victory in the women’s 400m. A marvellous time was had by all.
After a quick trip down memory lane, I’m convinced that Australia (Queensland, specifically) truly deserves the 2032 games. Olympic Committee, you know what to do.
The International Olympic Committee will likely take Queensland’s bid into consideration before next year’s Tokyo 2020 games.