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Qatar up for 2032 Olympics bid despite IOC backing Brisbane

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DOHA  06 MARCH, 2021 12:45 IST

Qatar is still committed to bidding for the Olympics in 2032 despite IOC’s backing of Brisbane as its preferred choice.

Qatar was still committed on Friday to bidding for the 2032 Olympics despite the IOC heading into exclusive talks with top choice Brisbane. The International Olympic Committee used its new, more flexible bidding process last week to name the Australian coastal city its preferred choice more than 11 years before the Games.

That decision seemed to surprise other expected candidates including Qatari capital Doha and Budapest, Hungary. The Qatar Olympic Committee on Friday "reiterated its total commitment to maintaining continuous dialogue" with an IOC-appointed panel which can have ongoing talks - and even approach - likely candidates for any future Games.

‘Perfectly positioned’

Doha applied to enter two previous Summer Games bidding contests but did not progress to be accepted on the IOC’s list of candidates.

One factor weighing against Qatar is searing heat in the July-August slot the IOC prefers to hold the Summer Games. Doha hosted the 2019 track and field world championships from late-September into October. "We have listened and learned from our two previous bids and humbly believe that we are now perfectly positioned to deliver a low-risk, sustainable and world-class edition of the Games," Qatari Olympic leader Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said in a statement.

The IOC has given no timetable for a decision to confirm Brisbane or open up the contest.

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2032 Olympic Games: Brisbane could help reshape event

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FEBRUARY 26 2021 - 4:30PM

There's a little way to go yet but once it's absolutely confirmed a 2032 Olympic Games for South East Queensland could be marvellous not just for Brisbane but for the whole country.

And it will likely manifest itself as the reinvention of games delivery that the Olympic movement absolutely needs to maintain its relevance and re-assert its pre-eminence in the leadership of world sport.

About three years ago the International Olympic Committee was so short of candidate cities under its then bidding guidelines that in July 2017 it gave away the 2024 and 2028 Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively. They were the only two bidders still at the table for the 2024 Games.

Things were being addressed after the Olympic 2020 Agenda report was adopted in 2014, but it was not until the IOC "session" in 2019 that more fundamental changes were made that enabled this week's decision on Brisbane to be a possibility.

He may have his equals somewhere but there is no-one smarter in global sport than the Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates.

Coates was acutely aware that the changes in process would work well for a candidate that already had a reputation for successful delivery of sporting events and had significant infrastructure in place.

When the rest of the world went to sleep on these matters during the COVID-19 shutdown and even the Queensland government put the bidding process "on hold", Coates and his colleagues at the AOC seized the moment to embellish the bid's credentials.

The new system avoids the tacky old bidding process which saw IOC members trooping all over the world with the potential of the odd palm being over-greased here and there. It puts the onus instead on the IOC's internal processes, most specifically through its host city commission, to work with potential venues to get the best outcome and without cities incurring huge costs to bid.

As a result of this new paradigm Brisbane finds itself in the box seat to be negotiated with as the preferred bidder - until the IOC feels ready to present a final recommendation to its members for approval - a 50 per cent + one vote for a single proposed candidate. 

The AOC's relentless work and Coates' influence as an IOC vice-president, together with Queensland authorities and the federal government, has clearly made Brisbane's case too tempting to be overlooked.

That final vote might be during this year - delivering Queensland with the same 11-year unexpected advance preparation period as Los Angeles.

This is an extraordinary bonus which can send Australian sport to an even better place than it found itself during the 1990s before those exceptional Games in Sydney.

But for world sport and the IOC, assuming Brisbane gets the Games and delivers as expected, it will be a huge boost as desirable future hosts will see advantage and opportunity - rather than unknown risk and cost.

The lead-in to Sydney transformed Australian sport and event delivery beyond even the wildest of dreams. At the very base it created a different culture of event volunteering, grassroots participation and fan bases.

Through the Gold Medal Plan - an initiative of the AOC, the federal and state governments and their institutes of sport - coaching bloomed and athletes were given training and life environments in which they could adequately prepare for a home Games.

Para-sport in Australia moved from obscurity to an opportunity for more Australians with a disability to explore their talents, in front of an increasingly engaged audience. And then there were the sporting bodies across the nation who fearlessly seized the moment to create programs and competitions that previously had been way too hard.

I had the absolute privilege from day one on September 24, 1993 to play a lead role in delivering athletics at the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was a special opportunity for our team which was fortunate to be paid for the honour, and the much larger contingent who did it solely for love.

We adored almost every minute and achieved great things - perhaps even more so in those seven years in advance than in the marvellous delivery of the two Games.

Now there's a chance 30 years on for another generation. From personal experience it would be crazy for it not to be seized with equal or greater passion.

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2032 Olympics: IOC confirms Brisbane the ‘preferred bid’ with other cities ‘parked’

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Published: 12:21pm, 25 Feb, 2021


An Australian push to host the 2032 Olympics was elevated overnight to the status of preferred bid, and the people of Brisbane and southeast Queensland state woke up to the news on Thursday morning.

It’s not a done deal yet, but powerful Olympic official John Coates is vowing to get it across the finish line when the IOC makes the final call, which could be within 12 months.

“It was a long night … but a very mature decision from the IOC. To take a decision when you’ve still got a few other cities there and say ‘well, we’re going to go into targeted dialogue with one preferred city’ was a big call by them,” Coates said.

“The IOC now deal exclusively with us while we complete the questionnaire. The other cities who have shown interest have been parked ... it’s significant recognition.”

IOC president Thomas Bach told a news conference in Switzerland on Wednesday that an IOC panel overseeing the bid process would begin “targeted dialogue” with Australian organisers.

The 2032 contest was expected to include Doha, Qatar, and Budapest, Hungary, which withdrew late from the 2024 contest to pave the way for Los Angeles being offered the 2028 Olympics. China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia were also working on possible bids for 2032.

Coates is a long-serving president of the Australian Olympic Committee, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, the head of the coordination commission which assesses preparation for the Tokyo Games and an architect of the new process the IOC uses to select host cities.

He was heavily involved in Australia’s successful bid and running of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.


Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympics and Coates has said for several years that Brisbane, Australia’s third-biggest city, would be next in line among the country’s contenders.

He said the IOC has reviewed plans and various feasibility studies and now the “federal government has to provide its undertakings in terms of security, things that’s done for any international event that comes here, border control, all of those things. So there’s work to be done in that area.”

The government leader of Queensland state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the decision puts Queensland “in the box seat” and she was confident that the federal, state and municipal governments were “absolutely united in working together to make this happen”.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison supported the bid during a meeting in Japan last year with IOC president Bach, and Palaszczuk had meetings with the IOC in Switzerland.

Palaszczuk said Brisbane and surrounding cities to the north, south and west already had 85 per cent of the venues required for the Games and that was the “game-changer” as the IOC seeks to cut the costs of hosting the games.

“We don’t have to build huge stadiums that are not going to be used in the future, and this gives hope and opportunity as we got through our economic recovery and plan for the future,” she said.

Organisers could either build a new, 50,000-seat main stadium for the opening ceremony and track and field competition, or upgrade one of the region’s existing stadiums. The other main construction would be a 15,000-seat aquatic centre, although there’s existing facilities in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast that could be upgraded.

Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982, the World Expo in 1988, the G20 Summit in 2014 and the Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games, using facilities across the region.

  • Australian Olympic head Coates said the IOC has given Queensland capital ‘significant’ in its bid.
  • State Premier Palaszczuk cites Brisbane already having 85 per cent of venues as the ‘game-changer’.
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Council of Mayors (SEQ) Media Release - Brisbane 2032 named "preferred host" for Games



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The International Olympic Committee has overnight named Brisbane as the preferred host for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The announcement comes just days before the SEQ Mayors mark six years since initiating the push to host the Games.

As part of its new fair and open process, the International Olympic Committee elevated the Brisbane 2032 proposal to the Targeted Dialogue phase which earmarks the region as its preferred host. It also kickstarts a more detailed evaluation of the south-east’s proposal for 2032.

While the SEQ Mayors understand that no other competitor has been elevated to the Targeted Dialogue stage for the 2032 Games, the Brisbane 2032 candidature can still fail if it does not satisfy key requirements.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he considered this announcement as a vote of confidence in Brisbane and South East Queensland.

“After many years of hard work from the SEQ Mayors, it’s amazing to hear the International Olympic Committee acknowledges South East Queensland has what it takes to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“When we started this journey almost six years ago to the day, many people were sceptical. Now we’re one step away from being named as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Today is not the time however to get over-excited, there is still plenty of work to be done.

“We started this journey to accelerate investment in critical transport infrastructure for our region’s future, and we look forward to working with the Commonwealth and State to ensure this happens,” said Lord Mayor Schrinner.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Director and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Olympic and Paralympic Games presented a significant opportunity to supercharge the south-east and Queensland’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The SEQ Mayors embarked on this journey to accelerate infrastructure investment, boost job creation, and attract tourism and investment to South East Queensland.

“These economic drivers, partnered with the International Olympic Committee’s ongoing cost reforms, make the 2032 Games a compelling proposition for Queensland.

“We have always seen the potential to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a means to open up a wealth of opportunities for Queensland through pre-Games training, business and procurement opportunities, tourism and global exposure,” said Mayor Jamieson.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) started the investigation into hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in March 2015. If successful, Brisbane 2032 will be one of the first proposals to focus on delivering the Games across a region.

The timeline for finalising the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is subject to the International Olympic Committee’s ongoing process and unconfirmed at this time.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has previously forecast that hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games could be delivered on a cost-neutral basis to operate but return billions in economic uplift to the south-east, Queensland and Australia. 

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Tempers Flare Over German Olympic Bid

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(ATR) The president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation may be unhappy with the new IOC process for Olympic bids, but he’s still willing to try to secure a third summer Olympics for the country.

In a press conference Monday, DOSB chief Alfons Hörmann criticized the IOC decision naming Brisbane as the preferred location for the 2032 Olympics. That move effectively ended the efforts of a group from the Rhine-Westphalian region of Germany seeking 2032.

Hörmann accused the IOC of “false statements” in its explanation last week for the choice of Brisbane for further consideration.

The IOC had stated last week that the DOSB did not want to continue in the continuous dialogue phase that’s now the rule for the early stages of Olympic bids. According to Kristin Kloster Aasen, head of the Future Host Summer Commission, the DOSB had said in February that it "will not be part of the further dialogue phase." 

That is the basis for the recommendation regarding the German Bid," the Norwegian IOC member said.

“Contrary to the representations in the IOC press conference on February 24, 2021, there was neither a meeting in February 2021 nor a formal decision by the DOSB for or against entering into the continuous dialogue," Hörmann declared in a virtual press conference today.

A statement from the IOC notes that two meetings were held in January with the head of the 2032 bid and representatives from the DOSB. But the IOC says for reasons it does now know the Germans chose not to participate in discussions held in early February with those cities intending to remain in dialogue with the IOC.

The IOC also responded to objections from the DOSB over the role of IOC member John Coates in the decision. The influential Australian led the team which developed the new bidding process that selected the Brisbane bid. But the IOC says that’s where it stops. Coates had nothing to do with the process that reviewed the bids for 2032 says an IOC statement.

“To clarify: IOC Vice President John Coates, in accordance with the "IOC Conflict of Interest" regulations, did not participate in any of the deliberations and decisions of the IOC Executive Board concerning the 2032 Olympic Games. Compliance with these regulations is monitored by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer in the meetings of the IOC Executive Board,” says the IOC.

The IOC choice for Brisbane led North Rhine-Westphalia Minister-President Armin Laschet to complain the DOSB failed to back the bid. He said the DOSB did not have a vision "for what can be achieved" from Germany’s western region nor a sense of "what is going on at the IOC."

Hörmann said he believes that it would be wrong to cling to a bid by the Rhine-Ruhr Initiative for the 2032 Summer Games.

"Our understanding is that with the decision made, the awarding of the Games to Australia is a given. Those who have the hope that the tide will change completely will see themselves wiser in a few months,” he said.

Relations between the DOSB and the private initiative from Rhein Ruhr City have not been the best. Hörmann accused the initiative, headed by manager Michael Mronz, of failing to pass on "noteworthy information" to Laschet.

Despite the breach, Hörmann seems willing to find a way to work with the Rhein-Ruhr bid after reflecting with DOSB member organizations and political leaders.

"Whether, when, where and with which concept a new attempt will be made in due course,” he says.

In principle, the DOSB shows interest in further cooperation with the Rhine-Ruhr City initiative after a clarifying phone call between Hörmann and Laschet.

Hörmann said they had quickly agreed "that we would calmly replay the cards without any time pressure." He also said that the private Rhine-Ruhr initiative led by Michael Mronz could "continue well and successfully" despite the angry initial response from the bid leader towards the DOSB.

But Hörmann made it clear that as future bid plans develop, he still cannot imagine a German bid for 2036, the centennial of the Berlin Olympics held under the spell of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi rule.



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Olympic Games an opportunity to build infrastructure ahead of the population curve: Ted O’Brien

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March 6, 2021 - 12:00PM

The Olympics Games would provide southeast Queensland an opportunity to succeed where Sydney and Melbourne have failed, writes Coast MP Ted O’Brien.

If southeast Queensland is chosen to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will signal the start of a period of transformation with lasting consequences for the Sunshine Coast.

Last week, we were announced as the preferred candidate to host the 2032 Games and we are now in the final stage of the candidature process, with a decision expected from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) later this year. We're not there yet, but it's looking good! 

A 2032 Games will, of course, provide two weeks of scintillating sporting competition under the Queensland sun; you can imagine the enormous global audience watching as the world's best athletes compete against a backdrop of the beautiful Sunny Coast!

But it would be wrong to think a 2032 Games is only about two weeks of sport. If we are declared to be the host, it will deliver two decades of benefits; a decade in the lead up to the Games and a decade beyond. 

A favourable decision by the IOC this year would provide us with a runway en route to the Games of over 10 years. There's nothing like a deadline to focus people's minds and to put pressure on the system, and a decade-long horizon should encourage people to dream big about what can be achieved.

It would provide southeast Queensland an opportunity, for example, to succeed where Sydney and Melbourne have failed - that is, to build infrastructure ahead of the population curve. With an estimated two million more people expected to live in SEQ by 2050, we're going to need better roads, rail, and much more. 

It must be the right infrastructure, though. No one wants white elephants, and so anyone eyeing off a special project for the purpose of hosting the Games alone, can forget about it. 

This approach of 'no-regrets' infrastructure is consistent with the new way of doing business for the IOC. They call it the 'new norms' where they encourage hosts to use their existing assets and not build new ones.

A 2032 Games would be a catalyst to bring forward the delivery of infrastructure that we need as a region to set us up for the future, not just infrastructure to service the Games. 

Now's the time to start talking about it. The Games would be an opportunity to put the Sunshine Coast on the map. So, what do we want to be famous for? We want to protect our enviable way of life, yet we have to accommodate a bigger population, so what projects should be prioritised? 

If we are awarded the 2032 Olympic Games, it will provide us with so many golden opportunities. While we're not there yet, we're in the home straight; let's start the conversation and make sure we're all winners not just during the Games, but in the decades before and after.


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Been thinking about the first place we will see an Olympic reference in Brisbane, be it the rings or 2032 on a sign and i think the most likely place is this Brisbane sign - i feel it would be rather simple to add either 5 rings or 2032 to the end of it



a few other places i would expect the rings to pop up would be the below:


1 - The storey Bridge. This has the ability to be lit up in different colours and for 3 nights after we were awarded preferred city status it was lit in the colours of the rings. I would not be surprised to see rings on the side of this come 2032. You'll definitely see this on TV coverage of 2032 as it has a bridge climb that i predict will be popular with overseas networks





2 - Wheel of Brisbane


This might be a place for rings, but given it's location (Right next to the proposed venue for the archery) i would not surprised to see some rings hung off this 






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6 hours ago, Tejas57 said:

Been thinking about the first place we will see an Olympic reference in Brisbane, be it the rings or 2032 on a sign and i think the most likely place is this Brisbane sign - i feel it would be rather simple to add either 5 rings or 2032 to the end of it



a few other places i would expect the rings to pop up would be the below:


1 - The storey Bridge. This has the ability to be lit up in different colours and for 3 nights after we were awarded preferred city status it was lit in the colours of the rings. I would not be surprised to see rings on the side of this come 2032. You'll definitely see this on TV coverage of 2032 as it has a bridge climb that i predict will be popular with overseas networks





2 - Wheel of Brisbane


This might be a place for rings, but given it's location (Right next to the proposed venue for the archery) i would not surprised to see some rings hung off this 






My money is the Olympic Rings hung on the Storey Bridge as a recognisable landmark of the SEQ region should the full session IOC formally vote the bid in.


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Why we support the Olympics in Brisbane - with caution

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Derek Barry

MARCH 5 2021 - 10:37AM


When I heard Brisbane was in the box seat to host the 2032 Olympics as the only considered candidate, I was surprised at my own immediate reaction.

I have to say that before the announcement my general feeling was one of that it was a waste of time,energy and money.

Yet when I heard the news I was quite excited to hear the Olympics was almost certainly coming to my local capital city in 11 years time.

I was aware of the contradiction in my own feelings and struggled a while to reconcile them.

But I realised that what I hated most was the bidding process itself, opaque, expensive and quite likely corrupt, with no guarantee of a good outcome at the end.

I suppose they could still take the Olympics away from Brisbane and I suspect organisers and governments will still spend a lot of money on the proposal, which will be decided at the Tokyo Olympics.

But this method seems a lot saner and there are no (apparent) competitor cities raising the stakes along the way,

What needs to be done now is to make sure the Olympics does not break the bank and that North Queensland does not suffer at the South East's corner's expense (It is also interesting to note that early names such as the "South East Queensland Olympics" have been ditched for the more media-friendly Brisbane Olympics").

Robbie Katter has made good points saying he cannot support it while the state government acts so poorly on northern problems such as the current Julia Creek Hospital debacle though that should surely be resolved in a much earlier timeframe.

A more interesting point he made is on likely cost blow outs.

He back the call of North Queensland economist Colin Dwyer.who says a southern Olympics would crowd out regional infrastructure projects for a long time.

Mr Dwyer has a vested political interest as a former LNP and KAP candidate but it is a likely scenario if we are not careful.

Nonetheless it is not hard to see all of Queensland wrapped up in the excitement of a Olympic Games coming to our state.

It is up to Annastacia Palaszczuk and the governments that follow her to make sure all of the state reaps the undoubted benefits.


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Nancy Gillen: IOC springs into action with new Olympic and Paralympic host selection process

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By Nancy Gillen

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board was planning to confirm Brisbane in Queensland as its preferred candidate for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games this week was a surprise, but not entirely unexpected.

The IOC established a new way of awarding Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 2019 with the creation of a Future Host Commission. This group was tasked with identifying and recommending venues for the Games before entering into dialogue with potential host countries, putting an end to the protracted bid races of old.

With this new process in place, a bid from Queensland was considered the front-runner for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, especially due to the region's success in hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018. The bid remained favourite even when it was briefly put on hold from May to December last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was not a surprise that it was Brisbane entering into "targeted dialogue" with the IOC, then. It was more the timing of the decision. The IOC had not set out an exact timeline for when it planned to award the Games and so the advancement of the process this week was somewhat out of the blue.

The IOC’s decision to put all its eggs in one basket 11 years before a Games has certainly raised eyebrows, especially because the ongoing pandemic has shown that life can be very unpredictable. In addition, the economic impact of the global health crisis is yet to be revealed in full and could still wreak havoc with the best-laid plans.

Interestingly, the uncertainty caused by the pandemic was actually credited as a reason for the early decision. "The decision to advance the process was taken at this particular moment, given the uncertainty the world is facing right now," a statement from the IOC said.

"This uncertainty is expected to continue even after the COVID-19 health crisis is over. The IOC is considering seizing the momentum offered by the excellent project of Brisbane 2032 and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), in this way, bringing stability to the Olympic Games, the athletes, the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement."

There will still be those wondering about whether it was necessary to rule out other potential hosts so early on in the process, especially as there were a fair few cities gunning for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

This included the Qatari capital of Doha, which was planning to host the Games as a follow-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2030 Asian Games. Budapest in Hungary had been hopeful of putting a bid together, while Chinese cities Chengdu and Chongqing announced an intention to bid in December. 

Jakarta in Indonesia, New Delhi in India, Istanbul in Turkey and Saint Petersburg in Russia were other cities exploring the possibility of bidding. At one point, there had even been interest in a joint bid from North and South Korea.

Many of these cities may feel slighted that they are now suddenly out of the race, without receiving a real opportunity to plead their case for the Games. Maybe they will also feel aggrieved that John Coates had chaired a working group in 2019 that examined changing the process for selecting a host city for 2032 onwards. Coates is AOC President and a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, suggesting a potential conflict of interest.

Bach rejected the idea that Coates had any influence in the decision to confirm Brisbane as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Games, and dismissed criticism that the new host city process lacked transparency. He claimed the new process was "more low-cost, helps prevent any undue interference, makes it less political, and makes it more and more sober."

For cities hoping to bid for future editions of the Games, however, it seems the faster a proposal is put together to impress the IOC, the better. A senior figure in the IOC hailing from the country in question may also be of some help.

As pointed out by colleague Michael Pavitt, the new process could prevent organised public opposition to a bid. Anti-Olympic sentiment has previously proved to be the downfall for a number of bid campaigns for both the Summer and Winter Games.

Most recently, an initial field of seven candidates for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was condensed to two after a series of withdrawals, with bids from Calgary in Canada, Sion in Switzerland and Innsbruck in Austria all scuppered by referendum defeats. Indeed, Calgary, which hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, became the ninth straight Olympic bid city to lose a referendum when its residents voted against the candidacy in November 2018.

Munich dropped out of the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics, eventually awarded to Beijing, after a referendum defeat, while Hamburg exited the process for the 2024 Summer Olympics after a poll was also lost in the city. Opposition to hosting the Games also brought an end to bids for the 2024 contest from both Budapest and Boston.

A campaign or referendum is unlikely to have an impact on a bid race now, seeing as such a contest no longer exists. Subsequently, it is unlikely there will be the same level of organised opposition against a bid again. 

On the other hand, it is not like the Queensland bid for the 2032 Games was kept secret, and it will be difficult and unwise for future potential host cities to refrain from communicating with the public about their plans. This still gives campaign groups room to form and prevent a plan to welcome the Olympics and Paralympics. 

Eleven years is more than enough time for opposition to garner support anyway, particularly with these initial steps in the host city process non-binding for Brisbane. 

Indeed, it is not definite that come 2032, the world's best athletes will be heading to Brisbane for the Olympics and Paralympics. The bid is still required to submit documents and the required guarantees needed to host the Games before it is formally recommended as host city. But for now, we have seen the first steps of the IOC's new process for selecting the host of its flagship event play out.

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15 hours ago, Lord David said:

But Brisbane needs a much needed modern arena. Not a swimming pool with 15,000 seater spectator capacity.

No one is suggesting a permanent 15000 seat pool....a modern aquatics centre with temporary seating. Like Sydney or London, but with an aquatic centre legacy.

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27 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

No one is suggesting a permanent 15000 seat pool....a modern aquatics centre with temporary seating. Like Sydney or London, but with an aquatic centre legacy.

The plan isn't an aquatic centre like Sydney or London but a temporary pool in a multipurpose arena.

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How Cairns can win if Brisbane hosts the 2032 Olympic Games

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By Matthew McInerney

March 3, 2021 12:16pm

A LEADING Far North sports administrator has urged powerbrokers to act on venue upgrades as soon as possible to give Cairns its best crack at cashing in on a potential Brisbane Olympic Games in 2023.

The Games are more than a decade away, but Brisbane and southeast Queensland is in the box seat to host the world’s premier sporting showpiece event after the International Olympic Committee granted the Sunshine State capital “preferred host status” last week.


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The bulk of the 2032 Olympics is proposed to be staged between the Gold and Sunshine coasts, but AFL Cairns managing director Gary Young said that while FNQ could cash in as a training base, work should start as soon as possible to ensure our venues are in tiptop condition.

“Coaches and athletes are looking at potential venues many years beforehand to get a feel for this part of the world,” Young said. “Our region has a real chance at being one of those training bases.”

The home of Aussie rules football in Cairns, Cazalys Stadium, is arguably FNQ’s best playing surface for elite sport.

And the Westcourt venue is open to throwing the doors open to visiting nations and athletes - provided they don’t completely take over the venue and force unrealistic changes to its primary function, which is as the home of Aussie rules footy in FNQ.


TROPICAL North Queensland could play a role in the 2032 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee voted unanimously in favour of giving Brisbane’s bid “preferred host status”.

The bulk of the Games is set to be staged across South East Queensland between the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, but regional areas will also benefit if the world’s biggest sporting showpiece is held in Australia.

Five Venues that can bring the Olympics to Cairns

The IOC’s Feasibility Assessment for a Brisbane Games lists Barlow Park as a potential venue for football preliminaries, alongside seven other cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Toowoomba.

FNQ Football zone administrator Alex Srhoj said the benefits to football would be limitless if Cairns were to host a fixture or be the training base for visiting teams.

“One of the most exciting things is how vibrant the football culture is,” Srhoj said.

“There’s so many different cultures represented in FNQ’s football family.”


Cairns MP Michael Healy said the 2018 Commonwealth Games proved TNQ could work in with key sporting events when Cairns Convention Centre hosted preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

But the region could also be a preferred training base for a range of sports, including team sports like football and basketball, athletics, swimming and mountain biking, if included in the Games program.

“From a training perspective, we’d have to be in a pretty position,” Healy said.

“The Tobruk pool is world class, hockey venue is fantastic, we’ve got Barlow Park – we have a range of great facilities.

“I’d be advocating for as much as we can.”

It might be what’s needed for Cairns to compete with Townsville and other regional centres.

Since opening the $293m Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville has hosted big-ticket events like an Elton John concert last February, the Jeff Horn-Tim Tszyu megafight last August, and last week’s NRL All Stars clash.

The recent opening of a state-of-the-art High Performance Centre could make Townsville irresistible, but Healy was quick to point out how Cairns could hold its own across several sports.

“If we play our cards right, who knows?” Healy said.

“Nobody’s talked about mountain biking, for example. There’s some great mountain biking facilities at Smithfield, there’s the Wangetti Trail project as well.

“We have to look at what we’ve got, and what we’re building the infrastructure for.”


HOSTING Olympic competition may be on the minds of sports fans, but Cairns Mayor Bob Manning is most excited about how a 2032 Games in the state’s southeast could supercharge international tourism to Tropical North Queensland.

Sports fans are clamouring to find a way Cairns and Tropical NQ could host events despite the bulk of competition to be held between the Gold and Sunshine coasts, but Mr Manning (above) is most excited by the potential for large-scale tourism – and the economic windfall it could generate.

“What we found with Sydney was we had enormous before and post-Olympic Games tourism,” he said. “They didn’t want to go to Melbourne or Perth, they wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef, and visit the rainforest.”

That meant more people visiting TNQ’s best sights and experiences, more tourists in restaurants and more money in the coffers of businesses.

Mr Manning questioned how hosting the Olympics could affect future state government funds for capital works, but said Cairns would throw open its doors to being a training base for athletes or teams: “If they want to use Cairns, we will open it up.”


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1 hour ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

No one is suggesting a permanent 15000 seat pool....a modern aquatics centre with temporary seating. Like Sydney or London, but with an aquatic centre legacy.

But does Brisbane need one? In 1992, they proposed to use the 1982 Commonwealth Games Pool for Aquatics at an 8,000 seater capacity when the diving pool is replaced with a temporary grandstand. Then they offered Fortitude Valley Pool for Waterpolo preliminaries. Diving would have been held at a new "aquatics" centre in the Boondal cluster.

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2 hours ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

My only point earlier was aquatic centres are popular public facilities- of course a dramatically expanding city like Brisbane needs new Aquatic Centres .....

but not in the areas where the games would put it. 


taking into account the accessibility needs of a pool for the games (extremely good transport for starters) there is no need for an olympic sized swimming pool in the areas where the space would be for the pool to be built.

it would need to be an outlying suburb, and this would require a train line (lets be honest - bussing in 8000 people for 2 sessions a day is not viable) and good road connections to move athletes and equipment in and out.


a much better option is to use the Brisbane live site - one that's already going to be built anyway on a site with fantastic transport links (there are commuter busses and trains as well as long distance trans and busses all leaving from what will be under the  arena)  and will replace the boondal entertainment centre which is a pain in the arse to get to (especially if you, like a good chunk of brisbaneites do not live on the northside)  


Most people who have been to an event at Boondal will have a story about missing a train home due to bad connecitons. I have tickets to see Kiss in november there, and as much as i am looking forward to seeing them, i'm not looking forward to spending 30  mins getting out the carpark.

If Kiss played brisbane live, i could park at the local station and be home in 25 mins.


Brisbane live is more needed than another aquatic centre, keeping in mind we have the beach and lagoon at southbank, there is also the valley pool and about an hours drive both north and south we have some of the best beaches in the world.


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Ex-lord mayor to pop up in different circles

Peter Gleeson March 8, 2021

Former Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk is emerging as the hot favourite to be appointed chairman of the 2032 Olympics organisational committee.

If, as expected, Brisbane gets the green light from the International Olympic Committee in July, just before the Tokyo Olympics, a separate and stand-alone body will be established.

It will be similar to SOCOG, which ran the Sydney Games.

An Olympics minister would be appointed, likely to be Stirling Hinchliffe.

Crucially, despite having been an LNP mayor Mr Quirk is highly regarded in Labor circles, and was appointed to the Racing Queensland board by the State Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also has a high opinion of Mr Quirk, who stepped down to make way for Adrian Schrinner a year before the last council election.

Mr Quirk started the ball rolling on the 2032 Brisbane bid in 2015, when he convinced the SEQ Council of Mayors to commission the original feasibility study.

It is also expected Local Government Association of Queensland chairman Mark Jamieson will be appointed to the board, as will the Federal Government’s bid representative, Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien.

Star Entertainment chairman John O’Neill, a close ally of AOC boss John Coates, is touted as another likely board member.

Mr Coates has been elected to the IOC executive board until 2025.

The International Olympic Committee executive meets later this week, and it is certain that the Queensland bid for 2032 will be discussed.

Feverish behind-the-scenes work is being conducted to satisfy the IOC’s demands around Queensland’s fiscal and operational capabilities.

If the Queensland bid gets the all clear, the new body – likely to be named BOCOG or QOCOG – will be set up before Christmas.


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Peter Gleeson: Brisbane trams may return for 2032 Olympic Games

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Peter Gleeson

March 8, 2021 - 12:00AM

It hasn’t been seen on Brisbane streets for over half a century, and it could make a return in time for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Speculation is rife that trams may be part of inner Brisbane’s transport solution for the 2032 Olympics. 

Parts of the CBD are being cordoned off for cycleways, and those thoroughfares may ultimately give way to trams.


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Peter Gleeson: Brisbane trams may return for 2032 Olympic Games

Credit: The Courier Mail

Peter Gleeson

March 8, 2021 - 12:00AM

It hasn’t been seen on Brisbane streets for over half a century, and it could make a return in time for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Speculation is rife that trams may be part of inner Brisbane’s transport solution for the 2032 Olympics. 

Parts of the CBD are being cordoned off for cycleways, and those thoroughfares may ultimately give way to trams.




Brisbane's busways were constructed with the ability to be turned into segregated tramways in the future so this is not out of the relams of possibility

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2 minutes ago, Tejas57 said:



Brisbane's busways were constructed with the ability to be turned into segregated tramways in the future so this is not out of the relams of possibility

Yes, it would be excellent. Great for the environment too.

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42 minutes ago, 2018 said:

IOC needs to wait for a better city to bid .What a joke this bid is. Because the IOC vp is Australian. 

International Olympic Committee

Date:  24 FEB 2021

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today decided to follow the recommendation of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad to enter into a targeted dialogue for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad. The IOC will start more detailed discussions with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) about their potential to host the Olympic Games 2032.

Under the IOC’s new, more targeted and flexible approach to future host elections, the two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) are permanently open to exploratory, non-committal continuous dialogue with interested parties and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on their ambitions to host future Games. The Future Host Commission gave the opportunity of a presentation and a discussion to the interested parties in the continuous dialogue, which resulted in meetings on 3, 8 and 9 February 2021. The Commission has also engaged with those NOCs that have chosen not to be in the continuous dialogue at this stage.

As noted during the reports of the Future Hosts Commissions to the IOC Session last year, the IOC is pleased to be in non-committal discussions with a number of interested parties about future hosting opportunities for either the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games – some of which are simultaneously exploring the possibility of organising a Summer or a Winter edition or the Youth Olympic Games. This is yet further evidence of the importance of the Games and the Olympic values in today’s uncertain world.

The decision to advance the process was taken at this particular moment, given the uncertainty the world is facing right now. This uncertainty is expected to continue even after the COVID-19 health crisis is over. The IOC is considering seizing the momentum offered by the excellent project of Brisbane 2032 and the AOC, in this way, bringing stability to the Olympic Games, the athletes, the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement.

The Future Host Commission will now start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the AOC, and will report back to the IOC EB on the outcome of these discussions in due course. If all the requirements are met, the IOC EB can propose the election of the future host of the Games of XXXV Olympiad to the IOC Session. If the discussions are not successfully concluded, Brisbane 2032 will rejoin the continuous dialogue.

At the same time, the Future Host Commission will also maintain the continuous dialogue with the other interested parties, in order to further develop their excellent and promising projects, be it for the Olympic Games 2032 if the Targeted Dialogue with Brisbane 2032 and the AOC is not successful, or for the Olympic Games 2036 and other future Olympic events.

The main reasons why Brisbane 2032 was proposed for the targeted dialogue are:

- The very advanced Games concept, which is fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020 and using 80 to 90 per cent existing or temporary venues.

- The venue masterplan, which has already been discussed with International Sports Federations and the International Paralympic Committee.

- The high level of experience in hosting major international sports events.

- The favourable climate conditions for athletes in July and August, despite the current global challenges caused by climate change.

- The alignment of the proposed Games with South-East Queensland’s long-term strategy (“SEQ City Deal”, February 2019) to improve local transport infrastructure, absorb demographic change and promote economic growth.

- Australia’s sporting success throughout modern Olympic history. The last Games in Oceania were Sydney 2000, which would mean the Games returning to the continent 32 years later.

- The existing and planned transport infrastructure and experience in traffic management, which can adequately meet the demands of the Olympic Games and were successfully implemented for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

- The existing hotel accommodation inventory, which already meets Games requirements.

- Strong support from all three levels of government, as confirmed on several occasions by highest-level representatives from the City of Brisbane, the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors, the State of Queensland and the federal government.

- The strong public support and that of the private sector.

- Australia’s high scores on human development indices, in particular its great progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In evaluating Brisbane 2032’s proposal, the IOC also took into consideration detailed information from independent third-party sources, including the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and numerous UN agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


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All levels of government must work together on 2032 Olympic Games bid

Hosting the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane is within our grasp – it’s time for state, federal and local government politicians to make it a reality, writes Peter Gleeson.

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By Peter Gleeson

March 1, 2021 - 12:00AM

The time for talk is over and the three tiers of government in this country must now put their heads together and sort out the financial commitments attached to Queensland hosting the 2032 Olympics.

As the Australian Olympic Committee and the Brisbane-based taskforce set about satisfying the International Olympic Committee’s final demands, it is incredibly important that the fiscal protocols be ironed out quickly.

Up until now, the Federal Government has committed $10 million to the feasibility study and the Queensland Government has poured millions of dollars into getting the taskforce set up and the quality work undertaken by bureaucrats to satisfy certain IOC benchmarks.

But the real work starts now. Queensland must now satisfy the IOC that it is the real deal. That means Federal, State and local government signing off on the necessary funding requirements attached to infrastructure, venues, safety and security. The IOC’s new funding model ensures a cost-neutrality for the host city, and in Queensland’s case, 75 per cent of the existing sports venues and facilities are already built.

The IOC will gift the Brisbane bid a $2.4 billion cheque, proceeds from the United States TV broadcast deal, to ensure a major stadium and athletes’ village are built. These are likely at Albion Park raceway and the village is earmarked for the Hamilton wharf area.

Just a few weeks ago, Queensland’s 2032 Olympic bid chiefs – including premier Annastacia Palaszczuk – did a late night three-hour presentation to the International Olympic Committee. Other countries such as Indonesia, India, Canada, China, Russia and Qatar did the same presentation, outlining why they should be the IOC’s choice as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Olympics.

Australia’s bid was already the front-runner. Right from the start, the IOC has been impressed with the stability and safe bet of the south-east Queensland proposal. We tick a lot of boxes. According to those who saw the presentation, Queensland hit it out of the park, particularly around social justice and gender equity benchmarks. The IOC is big on putting athletes first.

Ms Palaszczuk is at pains to point out that this will be a Games for all of Queensland, pointing to events being held in regional cities such as Townsville and Cairns. 

Convincing the regions of its value will be a big challenge. 

However, make no mistake about the impact an Olympic Games will have on the entire state.

The tourism benefits alone are priceless. For example, Sydney grew up after 2000. it became a true world class destination. 

Queensland now has the chance to grow as the rest of the world watches on. 

If we get the green light in July, over the next 12 years, Queensland will undergo the most extraordinary growth spurt as people flock here for the lifestyle and opportunities.

Much of the credit must go to Ms Palaszczuk and AOC boss John Coates. 

They have believed in this project from 2015. When we are hopefully announced as the host city for 2032 in July, both Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Coates can safely take a bow. 

Their legacy to Queensland will be enshrined.

But this is international politics and the stakes are extraordinarily high. We can’t take our eye off the ball, even for a second.

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