Brisbane 2032 Olympic officials staged an event on Saturday that few other previous host cities have had the opportunity to celebrate: 10 years before the start of their Games.
Australia’s east coast city and capital of the state of Queensland won the 2032 Games a year ago after the International Olympic Committee approved an earlier recommendation from its governing body. Brisbane was the first city to be awarded Games under the IOC’s revamped procedure for selecting host cities, which saw a small group of IOC members identify and propose host cities to the board. Previously, the Games had been awarded to the hosts of the Summer and Winter Games seven years after they were held – although at an IOC session in 2017 the IOC chose Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) as future host cities.
The Brisbane Games are due to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2032 in Brisbane and coastal communities south of the Gold Coast and north of the Sunshine Coast.
On Saturday, the Australian Olympic Committee held a family fun day with the public along the river in downtown Brisbane with the slogan “Our time begins now”. “This is how we envision the incredible opportunities over the next decade,” AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said in a statement. “We talked about over 30 major international sporting events coming to Australia and community infrastructure coming online in the coming decade.” by the end of this year. Current plans are for six new venues and eight redeveloped facilities among 22 competition venues.
Australia last hosted the Summer Olympics in 2000 in Sydney and hosted the Games for the first and only other time in Melbourne in 1956.
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