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Brisbane 2032, not yet designated
but already victorious

“Let’s be clear: the IOC Executive Board’s decision came as no surprise.”
“Australia has always been in the lead.

Thomas Bach can rub his hands together: he will leave the IOC presidency in 2025, with the house in perfect working order. The Olympic body will no longer have to worry about running out of candidates to organise the Games. At least for the summer.

The German leader announced it on Thursday, June 10th, at the end of the last day of the Executive Board meeting: the city of Brisbane will be proposed to the 138th IOC Session, meeting on July 20th-21st in Tokyo, to host the Games in 2032. Brisbane alone. The deal is done, therefore, even if we will have to wait for the formal approval of the IOC members to write it down.

After Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, the IOC will tick a new box. It will also serve as a reference by awarding an edition of the Games 11 years and a few weeks before the event.

Credit: Francs Jeux - June 11, 2021

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$50m to be spent on Brisbane sports facilities, spurred by 2032 Olympics bid

“Brisbane’s likely selection as host of the 2032 Olympics, and the increasing number of women and girls playing sport, have led to a $50 million boost to sporting facilities across the city.“

“At Giffin Park, $750,000 will be spent on improving the grounds and spectator facilities, while on Brisbane’s northside, Emerson Park at the Grange will receive $459,000 to improve the fields.”

“”At Kangaroo Point’s Raymond Park – which will be used as a warm-up field for athletes if Brisbane wins the 2032 Olympics – funding will improve fields used by the Kangaroo Point Rovers Football Club and the Brisbane City Quidditch Club.”

“More than $19 million has been earmarked for new sports parks, including the facility at Nudgee Recreation Reserve, while $16.8 million will go towards upgrading the city’s existing sporting clubs and fields.”

Credit: Brisbane Times June 13, 2021

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Leaner, cost-effective, practical:
how the 2032 Brisbane Games
could save the Olympics

Brisbane Games have the opportunity to showcase a new and improved model of Olympic hosting. The new “Brisbane model” for Olympic hosting could be one the IOC and future host cities will praise and seek to replicate.”

Though the official vote won’t happen until next month, Brisbane has already unofficially been awarded the hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics.

This is potentially a great opportunity for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. It will also be a catalyst to speed up long-term planning agendas for the fast-growing South East Queensland (SEQ) region.

Credit: The Conversation - click to read more - June 21, 2021
By Misha Ketchell

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Credit: Sydney Olympics Part 7 - Bud Greenspan < click to watch

                                         27 days to go
                                       IOC Vote, Brisbane 2032
                                                   21 July 2021

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CNN Report: Brisbane set to host 2032 Olympics after IOC endorsement

CLICK TO WATCH >> CNN Report by Angus Watson - 11 June 2021 <<

(CNN)Brisbane, Australia is set to host the 2032 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) endorsed its unopposed bid for the future Games.

"This unanimous decision by the Executive Board is a credit to the years of work carried out by Brisbane 2032, the Australian Olympic Committee, and their partners, to test every aspect of the project," the IOC said in a statement Thursday.

Speaking in Geneva, Switzerland, IOC President Thomas Bach said Brisbane's track record in hosting large sporting competitions and broad political and public support for the event made the city's bid "irresistible."

"The future of the Games is bright," Bach said.

Credit: CNN Report - click here to read more - 11 June 2021

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CBS Report: Brisbane, Australia set to be named 2032 Summer Olympics host city as only candidate
The news is not yet official, but could be announced next month.

Next month, Brisbane, Australia is expected to be announced as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said the city was the only one proposed for the 2032 games. 

The International Olympic Committee will meet ahead of the Tokyo Games and the sole proposed city is expected to be formally chosen. The IOC said what the city had to offer, from strong support of the government to their love for sport, made them the "irresistible" choice.

Brisbane will be the first to win an Olympic bid after going unopposed. The new format also plans to make the event less expensive and gives the IOC more control of the Games.

The bid involved 32 venues and most have already been built. They have a downtown redevelopment reportedly planned for the Games.

Despite being the only candidate, IOC Vice President John Coates is not 100% ready to lock the city in yet.

Credit: CBS Report - click to read more - June 11, 2021 

By Shanna McCarriston


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Brisbane 2032 Games confirmation vote set for July 21

All of this together made it irresistible for the Commission as well as for the executive board today. But we are not there yet. It’s in the hands of the IOC members now to a vote on July 21.”

“There are 102 IOC members. It is unlikely they would vote against the recommendation, which will be subject to a yes or no vote and will not offer IOC members an alternative to Brisbane. 
Mr Bach declined to be drawn on what would happen if members voted down the proposal.”

Credit: Australian Financial Review - click to read more - June 11, 2021

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Who will take Cathy’s torch?

Cathy Freeman’s Sydney gold will always carry a special power, but the search is on to find a new hero for the next generation of potential Indigenous Olympians.


Freeman’s inspiration will never die, but 2000 Olympic beach volleyball gold medallist Natalie Cook – with a weather eye for the likely Brisbane Olympics of 2032 – has thrown out a challenge for someone else to burst through the front of your television set next month and mesmerise the next generation.

“The search is on for the new Cathy,’’ Cook said. “She has inspired so many, but someone else must carry the baton now. The biggest influence you can have on what children are going to do is when they are in the age of 7-10.


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Simple IOC “Yes/No” Vote on Brisbane 2032

In considering the simple “Yes/No” Vote on 21 July by IOC Members on awarding Brisbane the 2032 Games, here is a breakdown of the countries of the 102 IOC Members (which may or may not give an indication of voting intention).

The IOC President has also said that no alternative to Brisbane will be offered.

Country of
that IOC Member
Number of IOC Members
from that country
Abidjan 1
Afghanistan 1
Algeria 1
Argentina 1
Aruba 1
Australia 2
Austria 1
Belgium 2
Bhutan 1
Brazil 2
Burundi 1
Cameroon 1
Canada 3
Cape Verde 1
Chile 1
China 3
Costa Rica 1
Côte d’Ivoire 1
Croatia 1
Cuba 1
Czechoslovakia 1
Denmark 2
Dominican Republic 1
Ethiopia 1
Fiji 1
Finland 2
France 3
Germany 2
Great Britain 3
Greece 1
Hungary 2
India 2
Indonesia 1
Ireland 1
Israel 1
Italy 2
Japan 2
Jordan 1
Kenya 1
Korea 2
Kuwai 1
Lesotho 1
Liechtenstein 1
Lithuania 1
Luxembourg 1
Monaco 1
Mongolia 1
Moreno 1
Morocco 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 1
Palau 1
Pakistan 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Paraguay 1
Phillipines 1
Puerto Rico 1
Romania 1
Rwanda 1
Qatar 1
Russia 2
Saudi Arabia 1
Senegal 1
Serbia 1
Singapore 1
Slovakia 1
South Africa 1
Spain 2
Sweden 2
Switzerland 3
Thailand 1
Turkey 1
Uganda 1
Ukraine 2
Zimbabwe 1
Total IOC Members: 102


** IOC President Thomas Bach abstains unless there is a tie.

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“Brisbane is positioned to win a huge majority as it’s extremely rare for members to vote against an Executive Board decision

From a 10 June 2021 report by journalist Robert Livingstone posted on GamesBids.com in Future Summer Bids:

Brisbane 2032 Olympics almost assured after IOC Executive Board approves the single candidate for election

Australia’s third Olympic Games in Brisbane is now a mere formality away from reality after the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board voted Thursday to approve the single preferred candidate, setting up a rubberstamping by the full membership July 21 in Tokyo.

Credit: GamesBids.com - click to read more

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Brisbane 2032 starts at 06:35

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Saturday, 16 September 2000
”We’ll Smash Them Like Guitars”

Before the 4 x 100m Men’s Freestyle Relay Final, American Gary Hall Jr. wrote on his blog:
"My biased opinion says that we will smash them
(Australia) like guitars.” 

What then unfolded would nearly lift the roof off the 17,000 capacity Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre and the whole country as 
the Australian Mens 4 x 100m freestyle Team of Michael Klim,
Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus and Ian Thorpe, swimming the anchor leg, stormed home to out-touch Gary Hall Jnr and win the
gold medal in a world record time 3:13:67.

>> Click here to relive the race <<








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Flashback to 2017:
Waiting Until 2032 Will Help Brisbane’s Olympic Bid, Claims Coates

Brisbane will benefit from the decision taken here yesterday to change the bid process for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been claimed.

The Australian city was among those who had been exploring the possibility of launching a bid for the event in 2028, something no longer possible after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted at its Extraordinary Session to award both that and the 2024 edition together.

It is expected that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles 2028. The decision is due to be confirmed at the IOC Session in Lima on September 13.

John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee and the IOC vice-president who worked most closely on the plan to implement the joint award, claimed the decision could help Brisbane.

“Realistically, Brisbane at this point is significantly inferior to Paris: Paris has got 92 percent, and Los Angeles has got 100 per cent of the infrastructure, venues and village accommodation in place,” Coates told The Australian.

Credit: Sports Digest - CLICK HERE TO READ MORE - July 15, 2017

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Though the official vote won’t happen until (21/7/21), Brisbane has already unofficially been awarded the hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics.

This is potentially a great opportunity for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. It will also be a catalyst to speed up long-term planning agendas for the fast-growing South East Queensland (SEQ) region.

In the past, Olympic Games have resulted in soaring budgets — Tokyo’s US$15.4 billion budget being the latest example — and infrastructure that has lain unused after the 16-day event is over. This has led to justified criticism the Olympics are not the jewel in the crown they were once considered.

For many past host cities, the games have not been a boon, but a drag. Greeks, for instance, have questioned how their country benefited from hosting the 2004 Summer Olympics, which left the country in crippling debt and with many venues abandoned and in disrepair. As these photos show, they are hardly the only ones.



Credit: The Conversation.com




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Part 2 of 2
“Leaner, cost-effective, practical:
how the 2032 Brisbane Games
could save the Olympics”

So, what will make
Brisbane 2032 different?

Temporary venues and a more dispersed games

First, the International Olympic Committee has introduced a more flexible and efficient approach to hosting, which it calls the “new norm”.

In short, this means host cities will need fewer new venues, a smaller athletes’ village and less Olympics-specific infrastructure overall.

Temporary, flexible venues will be allowed for the first time, and venues can be shared by multiple sports.

Athletes will also fly in just for their competitions and leave when they are over.

This new approach has been key to making Brisbane’s bid affordable. The operating cost for the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games is projected to be a modest A$4.5 billion (US$3.4 billion), which is less than a third of Tokyo’s budget and the US$15 billion final cost of the London 2012 Games and US$13.2 billion cost of the Rio 2016 Games.


Unlike host cities in the past, these Olympics will not be the sole reason for new development projects. Instead, they will be the catalyst for bringing forward current infrastructure and urban development plans. Around $400 million in road network improvements and $23 million in transport upgrades, for example, will be fast-tracked thanks to the successful Olympics bid.

This mirrors the oft-cited “Barcelona model”, based on the Spanish city’s use of the 1992 Olympics to underpin a long-term, city-wide improvement plan. Studies argue such “event-themed” regeneration is linked with more positive legacy outcomes.


Third, the 2032 Games will be the first to represent a regionally spread-out hub-and-spoke model. This model aims to disperse the benefits of hosting beyond Brisbane, with permanent venues planned across the SEQ region, including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Redland Bay, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Scenic Rim.

The model also includes three proposed Olympic villages to provide easy access to these venues.


These dispersed venues will be legacy project. An example is the Albion Precinct, where a proposed new stadium could be built to host the athletics in conjunction with existing plans for a food and lifestyle hub. There will also be temporary facilities to host training camps and preliminary events.

One of the main challenges for the Olympic organisers and governments at all levels will be delivering on major, costly transport infrastructure. This will be needed to link the various event sites and transport visitors, athletes and their support crews, and the media without a glitch.

An early feasibility study suggested the hub-and-spoke model would allow for a 45-minute travel region, with every venue within 45 minutes of Brisbane. The current projected costs for the SEQ portion of the rail link are A$5.3 billion (US$4 billion), although the proposal will need some rethinking as it has been rejected by Infrastructure Australia as being too costly.


Long-term social and
environmental planning

Lastly, the social and environmental aspects of hosting the Olympics are front and centre of the Brisbane bid. Research by KPMG and The University of Queenslandshows a projected economic and social benefit of $17.61 billion for Australia overall and $8.1 billion for Queensland alone.

The “social benefits” are measured in a variety of ways. For residents, the prestige of hosting the games and resulting civic pride should lead to enhanced community spirit. The Olympics can also be used to boost people’s health and well-being by encouraging increased participation in physical activity. This could lead to a lower risk of chronic disease and improved mental health.

Finally, the benefits of volunteering, both for the volunteers themselves and the wider community, are well documented. Volunteer numbers in Australia have been in decline since COVID hit.

This could be a great way to kick-start a new drive to encourage people to volunteer, although there are questions about whether volunteer participation for such mega-events has long-term benefits.

With regard to the environment, the Olympics are often associated with a large carbon footprint. Brisbane’s bid document, however, highlights long-term measures to reduce waste and pollution. These include Queensland’s plastic pollution reduction plan, as well as the expanded use of public transport to reduce traffic congestion and emissions.


Why legacy planning matters

However, none of this happens without significant advance planning. Intangible legacy planning, such as promoting sports to the public and volunteer participation, needs specific attention and should begin as soon as hosting rights are awarded.

Legacy planning should also come under the remit of a distinct body from the Olympic organising committee. This is needed so that legacy planning is not subsumed by the immediate work of event planning and delivery.




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Australia’s Golden Girl
Betty Cuthbert

Melbourne 1956
Gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 400m relay.
Raylene Boyle
Silver Medallist in the 200m at Mexico 1968 
and in the 100m and 200m 
at Munich 1972, 
accompanies Betty Cuthbert (seated) at Sydney 2000.
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“South East Queensland’s blend of beach and city culture
offers incredible potential for live sites, festivals,
mass participation sports and other activities.”

“Idyllic beaches and islands, Indigenous Australian culture
and a thriving arts and entertainment scene,
would make the ‘River City’ of Brisbane an excellent setting.”

A great source of employment for architects, event planners, 
hospitality workers, media, security and performing arts sectors.


Credit: Future Host Commission Report - Brisbane 2032

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Broadbeach Park Stadium, Gold Coast
Beach Volleyball
Brisbane 2032

Pictured is the temporary Beach Volleyball venue used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Coolangatta, 21kms south of where the 2032 venue will be.

At a capacity of 12,000, the 2032 Venue will be triple the size of the 2018 venue, the capacity of which was 4,000.

It will also be slightly bigger than the Sydney 2000 venue on Bondi Beach, which at 10,000 capacity, is also pictured below.

By 2032, the Light Rail extension will have been completed to further facilitate mass transport of spectators.

Credit: Future Host Commission Report - Brisbane 2032



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More on the Brisbane 2032 Beach Volleyball Venue
Similar in size to the planned Brisbane 12,000 capacity Beach Volleyball Stadium at Broadbeach Park on the Gold Coast, although not quite as big, this is a look back at Sydney’s 10,000 capacity stadium and a witness to the party atmosphere in this venue for the gold medal match.

Venue of Sydney 2000 - Gold Medal Match - Click here to view video

Gold Medal winners Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook in front of a delirious home Olympics crowd on Bondi Beach at Sydney 2000.



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Olympic Venue Design

Back on 2 March 2021, Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk officially opened the new Asia Pacific HQ of Olympic venue design firm ‘Populous’ in Brisbane.

This was widely reported at the time. 

Below is one of those reports.


Credit: Australasian Leisure Management:

Architects Populous Open New Asia Pacific Headquarters in Brisbane - Click here to read more


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