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The New Approach to Future Host Elections

Shortly before COVID disrupted the world, IOC members took a decision that would ensure the future of the Olympic Games, even during the most challenging times.

In 2019 the IOC Session voted to adopt a new approach to electing Olympic hosts which would enable the Olympic Movement to be flexible, to sieze opportunities that are in the best interests of the athletes and other stakeholders and to focus attention on projects that ensure long-term benefits for local communities and reflect global priorities such as sustainability, gender equality, human rights and inclusion.

Removal of the 7-year rule
These changes introduced a new level of flexibility by removing the rule in the Olympic Charter that the Olympic Games should be hosted by a single city and that host elections should take place seven years before the Games in question.

Cities, regions or countries can join together
This means that cities, regions or countries can join together to use existing venues for sustainability reasons.

Credit: Future Host Commission Report - Brisbane 2032 - 10 June 2021

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IOC Rules were changed 2 years ago so that Summer Olympic Games can now only be held in July/August.

Here is a 2019 story from “The Australian” below which reported on the IOC rule change.

“The July/August Hosting Rule”

“Australia’s southern capitals ruled out of Olympics bids”

“Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and every Australian region outside southeast Queensland has been told they are effectively barred from ever bidding for an Olympics following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to always hold the Summer Games in July-August.“

“The 1956 Melbourne Games were staged from November 22 to December 8 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics from September 15 to October 1, but this latest ruling means such Games can never happen again.”

Credit: The Australian - June 15, 2019
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One final hurdle for Brisbane Olympic bid

July 7, 2021

Today marks just two weeks until D-Day on the fate of the bid for a southeast Queensland 2032 Olympics with the International Olympic Committee set to vote on the proposal on July 21.

Credit: The Courier Mail - by Jeremy Pierce - July 7 2021

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Minister for Sport to represent Australian Government in Tokyo

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck will travel to Tokyo as a representative of the Commonwealth ahead of the IOC decision regarding the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Source: Department of Health - 7 July 7, 2021

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Day of the Opening Ceremony

Melbourne, 22 November, 1956

“The date of the opening ceremony, drew closer, Melbourne was gripped ever more tightly by Olympic fever. At 3pm the day before the opening ceremony, people began to line up outside the MCG gates. That night the city was paralysed by a quarter of a million people who had come to celebrate”. 
Credit: The MCG

Sydney, 15 September, 2000 
Of the party atmosphere, Channel 7 Olympics commentator Bruce Macavaney famously said in the Opening Ceremony coverage: “they say there was a million people on the streets of Sydney last night”.
Maybe not quite a million but the television coverage had an overhead shot of Samantha Riley holding the Olympic torch on top of one of the Sydney Opera House spires, surrounded by massive crowds right across to Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Brisbane 2032
Win the IOC Vote on 21 July, your turn will come in 11 years time.

13 days to go


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IOC Session - Day 1 - Olympic Games 2032
21 July 2021

Likely running sequence

While this Vote on Brisbane will be the first single Host to be voted on under the new rules, it’s very likely to follow a very similar sequence to the low key double-awarding of Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 at the same IOC Session.

It was low key in 2017 because it was a rubber-stamping exercise not a traditional, tense firece rivalry amid a dramatic build-up to the final announcement.

Review this 2017 IOC announcement on this official *Olympic Channel youtube video fully and freely available to the public:


From that IOC Session in 2017, are strong clues as to how the Brisbane 2032 Session is likely to run, along these lines:


21 July 2021 - 138th IOC Session, Tokyo


  1. IOC President Thomas Bach invites the following two speakers to officially present the findings of the Future Host Commission - Brisbane 2032
  2. Kristin Kloster Aasen - Chair Future Host Summer Commission
  3. Gilbert Felli - Olympic Games Executive Director (possibly)
  4. Q&A: IOC President Bach invites questions of the two speakers from IOC Members.
  5. IOC President Bach Invites Presentation from Brisbane 2032 Team and advises the Session that following the Brisbane presentation that the Session will immediately proceed to the Vote.
  6. The Brisbane 2032 Presentation will likely include video presentation/s and various speakers including the Premier of Queensland, the Mayor of Brisbane Adam Schrinner and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison via video.
  7. Pre-vote Procedures Briefing - IOC President Bach thanks the Brisbane 2032 Team and others who have contributed. President Bach advises the Session that a Vote for Brisbane 2032 is proposed to be by a show of hands and asks if any IOC Member objects to this. If no objections, the IOC President reminds the Session that in accordance with the IOC’s conflict of interest policies that Australian members of the IOC cannot take part in the Vote. If there is a “tie”,the IOC President has the deciding vote. Brisbane is elected with support from 51% of votes indicated by a show of hands.
  8. The Vote The IOC President invites by a show of hands by IOC Members to award Brisbane the 2032 Summer Games. Then asks if anyone is against to raise their hands, then asks if there are any abstensions.
  9. The Announcement: IOC President will either announce. (a) that the vote is clearly passed and Brisbane is elected, or (b) if a majority vote is unclear, he will call for a count of hands, or (c) if it is clear that a majority did not for Brisbane , then IOC President is expected to announce that the Vote is not passed, Brisbane is not elected and returns to the Continuous Dialogue phase (where the other 2032 Bidders remain parked).
  10. Host Contract Signing: If elected, the Brisbane 2032 team are invited to the stage to sign the 2032 Host Contract.
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“Let’s party like it’s 2032” Coast to install big screen for live Olympics announcement

Gold Coasters will be able to come together next to watch live as the announcement is made on who will host the 2032 Olympics.

Credit: My.GC.com.au - June 22, 2021 - Click here to read

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This is the IOC Voting device as used by IOC Members in 2019 at the election of the 2022 Winter Host and is expected to be used again for the Brisbane 2032 Vote.

This is a freely available video for the public on youtube by the IOC of the Election of Host for Winter Olympic Games 2026




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A look below at where IOC members currently sit in relation to their own age and the IOC’s 70 and 80 years of age limit rules.

IOC Age Limit Rule:
“The age limit fixed is 70 years old, except for members co-opted between 1966 and 1999, for whom the age limit is 80. 
The Session may, on the proposal of the IOC Executive Board, extend the age limit for any IOC member for a period a four year maximum.”

Mr Richard Pound (CAN) 79, elected 1978 Mr Pal Schmitt (HUN) 79, elected 1983
HSH the Princess Nora of Liechenstein, 70, elected 1984 HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II (MON) 63, elected 1985
Ms Anita L. Defrantz (USA), 68, elected 1986 HRH the Princess Royal (GBR), 70, elected 1988
Mr Richard L. Carrion (PUR) 68, elected 1990 Mr Denis Oswald (SUI) 74, elected 1991
Mr Thomas Bach (GER) 67, elected 1991 **Sheik Amad Al Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (KUW) 57, elected 1992 
Sir Craig Reedie GBE (GBR) 80, elected 1994 Dr Robin E. Mitchell (FIJ) Age 75, elected 1994
Mr Alex Gilady (ISR) 78, elected 1994 Mr Shamil Tarpishchev (RUS). 73, elected 1994
Mr Valeriy Borzov (URS). 71,elected 1994 Dr Rene Fasel (SUI) 71, elected 1995
**Mr Patrick Joseph Hickey (IRL) - 76, elected 1995  Syed Shahid ALI (PAK) 74, elected 1996
Mrs Gunilla Lineberg (SWE) 74, elected 1996 Mr Guy Drut (FRA) 70, elected 1996
HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg 66, elected 1998 Ms Nawal El Mouta Moutawakel (MAR) 59, elected 1998
Mr Ser Miang Ng (SGP) 72, elected 1998 Mr Zaiqing Yu (CHN) 70, elected 2000
Mr John Coates AC (AUS) 71, elected 2001 Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP) 61, elected 2001
HH Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (QAT) 41,
elected 2002
Mrs Nicole Hoevertsz (ARU) 57, elected 2006
Mr Sergey Bubka (UKR) 57, elected 2008 Prof Urgur Erdener (TUR) 70, elected 2008
HRH Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark 53, elected 2009 Ms Lydia Neskera (BDI) 54, elected 2009
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein (JOR) 57, elected 2010 Mrs Marisol Casado (ESP) 64, elected 2010
Dr Gerardo Werthein (ARG) 65, elected 2011 Mrs Lingwei Li (CHN) 57, elected 2012
Baron Pierre-Oliver Beckers-Vieujent (BEL) 71,
elected 2012
Ms Aicha Garad Ali (DJI) 54, elected 2012
Ms Danka Bartekova (SVK) 36, elected 2013 Mr James Tomkins OAM (AUS) 55, elected 2013
Ms Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 37, elected 2013 Mr Tony Estanguet (FRA) 43, elected 2013
Mr Octavian Morariouu (ROU) 59, elected 2013 Mr Berand Rajzman (BRA) 64, elected 2013
Mrs Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski (PHI) 47, elected 2013 Mr Paul K. Tergat (KEN) 53, elected 2013
Mrs Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (ETH) 45, elected 2013 Mr Stefan Holme (SWE) 45, elected 2013
Mr Poul Erik-Houyer (DEN) 55, elected 2014 Ms Hayley Wiickenheiser (CAN) 42, elected 2014
Mr Mamadou D. Ndiayde (SEN) 72, elected 2015 Mr Nenad Lalovic (SRB) 62, elected 2015
Mrs NitavAmbini (IND) 57, elected 2016 Mrs Sari Essayah (FIN) 52, elected 2016
Mr Ivo Ferriani (ITA) 60, elected 2016 Mr Louis Alberto Moreno (COL) 68, elected 2016
Ms Auvita Rapilla (PNG) 50, elected 2016 Mr Anant Singh (RSA) 65, elected 2016
Ms Tricia Smith (CAN) 64, elected 2016 Mr Karl Stoss (AUT) 64, elected 2016
Ms Britta Heidemann (GER) 39, elected 2016 Mr Seung Min Ryu ( KOR) 38, elected 2016
Mr Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 32, elected 2016 Mr Louis Alberto Moreno (COL) 68, elected 2016
Ms Sarah Walker (NZL) 32, elected 2016 Ms Baklai Temengil (PLW) 54, elected 2017
Mrs Kristin Kloster Aasen (NOR) 50, elected 2017 Mrs Khunyingpatama Leewadtrakul (THA) 56, elected 2017
Mr Luis Mjeda Oviedo (DOM) 67, elected 2017 Mr Neven Ilic (CHI) 59, elected 2017
Mr Jean-Christophe Rolland (FRA) 53, elected 2017 Mr Ingmar De Vos (BEL) 57, elected 2017
Mr Jiri Kejval (CZE) 53, elected 2018 Ms Emma Terho (FIN) 49, elected 2018
Ms Hong Zhang (CHN) 33, elected 2018 Ms Samira Asghari (AGH) 27, elected 2018
Mrs Daina Gudzinevicuite (LTU) 55, elected 2018 Mr Camilo Perez Lopez Moreira (PAR) 52, elected 2018
Mrs Felecite Rwemarika (RWA) 53, elected 2018 Mr William Frederick Blick (UGA) 46, elected 2018
HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (BHU) 36,
elected 2018
Mr Andrew Parsons (BRA) 44, elected 2018
Mr Moriani Watanabe (JPN) 62, elected 2018 Mr Giovanni Malago (ITA) 62, elected 2019
Ms Odette Assembe Engoulou (CMR) 50, elected 2019 Ms Filomena Fortes (CPV) 55, elected 2019
Mrs Matlohang-Moiloa Ramoqopo (LES) 54, elected 2019 Mr Tidjane Thiam (CIV) 59, elected 2019
Mrs Laura Chinchilla (CNC) 62, elected 2019 Mr Erick Thohir (INA) 51, elected 2019 
Mr Spyros Capralos (GRE) 66, elected 2019 Mr Mustapha Berraf (ALG) 67, elected 2019
Mr Natinder Dhruv Batra (IND) 64, elected 2019 Mr Kee Heung Lee (KOR) 66, elected 2019
Mr Yasuhiro Yamashito (JPN) 63, elected 2020 Mr David Haggerty (USA) 63, elected 2020
Mr Gianni Infantino (ITA) 51, elected 2020 Mrs Maria De La Caridad Colon Ruenes (CUB) 63,
elected 2020
Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (CRO) 53, elected 2020 HRH Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud (KSA), 46, elected 2020
Mr Batushigg Batbold (MGL) 34, elected 2020 Lord Sebastian Coe (GBR) 64, elected 2020
** temporarily self suspended


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Queensland Premier To Still Attend Tokyo Vote

Barring a lockdown in the State of Queensland, it’s abundantly clear that the Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk will attend the IOC Session in Tokyo despite a petition which at last count was around 80,000 - very much a minority of a total state population of 5.185 million.

Too much is at stake with the Premier, the leader of the State of Queensland and the primary head of government responsible for delivering the Games is highly likely to be involved in presenting and then signing the Host Contract.

The Australian Government controls the borders and as the Australian Prime Minister is himself a member of the Brisbane 2032 Candidature Group, there is no way that they will give in to a minority petition such as this is. He is himself participating in the Presentation by video while his Sports Minister Richard Colbeck is attending in person and representing the Australian Government.

There is also nothing indicating a shift away in public opinion of the majority of Queenslanders supporting the Bid and all the sporting opportunities, growth, jobs, economic stimulus that comes with it for this thrifty new age Bid.

10 days to go
Brisbane’s date with destiny
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Ash Barty to Light the Cauldron in 2032 ?

The Courier Mail in Brisbane has today published an article (Monday July 12 2021) around Ash Barty as the Cauldron lighter in 2032 if Brisbane is awarded the Games in 9 days time.
This following is a link to the full story via a paid subscription:

CREDIT: The Courier Mail - Barty can light up the Olympics …. in Brisbane

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Premier will travel to Tokyo for final Olympics bid but won’t attend any events

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will fly to Tokyo this weekend to make the final pitch for Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics bid but officials are taking “nothing for granted” when it comes to winning.


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Brisbane to hold live site as city prepares to be named 2032 Olympic Games host

Brisbane will host a free outdoor live site on July 21 on the day the city will be named as the host of the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympics, as well as showing coverage of the 2020 Games from Tokyo.

The Queensland Government has confirmed a live site will be in place at Riverside Green in South Bank. 

Credit: Inside The Games - click here to read more - July 15, 2021

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Sunshine Coast Olympic Live Event

The Sunshine Coast Council have announced an Olympic Live Event at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre on 21July from 4pm to 7.40pm. Sunshine Coast Council - Olympic Announcement Event - click here to learn more

Gold Coast Olympic Live Site 

The Gold Coast City Council has announced an Olympic Live Site at Kurrawa Park from 4pm, 21 July:

My GC - Olympic Live Site - click here to learn more

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Brisbane 2032: Nikki Webster ‘absolutely’ keen on Olympics encore

Nikki Webster is open to performing at the 2032 Olympic Games if they’re held in Queensland.

The Sydney Olympics ceremony shot her to stardom at the age of 13.

To listen to the Radio Station 2GB Interview with Deborah Knight, it is freely available to the public here:

CREDIT: 2GB Radio Station interview - click here - July 13, 2021

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It’s 2032 and not a soul in the booming Olympic city is thinking about a premier’s Tokyo trip

By Zach Hope, Brisbane Times

It is spring in the year 2032 and I’m settled on the couch for the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad.

Cameras way up on high on this special evening are panning across an illuminated cityscape for billions of awestruck viewers across the world, just like me.

(read this free and publicly available story below)

CREDIT: Brisbane Times - click here to read the story - July 16, 2021

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Brisbane Olympic Games 2032 bid under threat after IOC sends warning to Annastacia Palaszczuk

Amid criticism of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plans to travel to Tokyo next week, it seems a no-show could have disastrous consequences.

( to read more of this story from The Courier Mail, a subscription is required. The link to the story is below )

Credit: The Courier Mail - July 16, 2021

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On a separate matter, it’s worth noting that at the 2026 Host Election, the Bid Presentation Teams from Milano Cortina and Stockholm Are did not participate in a Q&A Session. 

A Q&A Session was held before the presentations with IOC Member questions being answered only by the Chair of the 2026 Evaluation Commission and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli.

The order of proceedings for Brisbane is expected to follow the same sequence:

1. IOC President welcomes
2. Speaker: Chair of Future Host Commission Kristen Kloster Aasen
3. Speaker: Olympic Games Executive Director Golbert Felli
3. Questions from IOC Members only answered by these two
4. Brisbane Presentation
5. Test Vote - electronic voting devices
6. Host Vote
8. Host Announcement
9. Host Contract Signing

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Council of Mayors

Jun 25

#FlashbackFriday While you know the #SEQMayors started the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympics journey six years ago.... did you know the idea of SEQ hosting the Games dates back to the 1980s when Brisbane was in the running for the 1992 Games? We missed out then this time.

25 June 2021 - FLASHBACK - CLICK HERE to view Video of Brisbane’s previous Olympic Bids on Twitter

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Premier, Lord Mayor’s Tokyo trip set for lift-off ahead of Games decision

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will fly to Tokyo on Sunday under a veil of secrecy in preparation for their pitch to Olympic officials later this week to bring the 2032 Games to the state’s south-east.

CREDIT: Brisbane Times - Click Here to read more - July 17, 2021

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Annastacia Palaszczuk to make final pitch for 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games ahead of Wednesday vote

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will have a secret weapon when she makes her final pitch to secure the 2032 Olympic Games for Brisbane ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will promise a better games than the 2000 Sydney Olympics in her final pitch in Tokyo to secure the sporting spectacle for Brisbane in 2032.

( to read more of this story, click the Courier Mail link below & which requires a subscription )

CREDIT: The Courier Mail - July 18, 2021

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2032 Olympic Games is about building the southeast Queensland of tomorrow

On Wednesday afternoon in pandemic-ridden Tokyo, five words will be spoken that will change Queensland and Brisbane in particular, both physically and emotionally, writes Peter Gleeson.

And the winner is … Brisbane. 

On Wednesday afternoon in pandemic-ridden Tokyo, Queensland and Brisbane in particular will be the hottest place on the planet as it is named as the host of the 2032 Olympics.

It’s been a long and at times arduous process and there will be nobody happier on that day than premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and AOC boss John Coates.

( to read more of this story, click the Courier Mail link below & which requires a subscription )

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