The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The IOC members took the decision at the 138th session in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Taking to Twitter, IOC media wrote: “BRISBANE 2032 ELECTED AS HOST OF THE GAMES OF THE XXXV OLYMPIAD! CONGRATULATIONS!”
As per the result of the election shared by IOC media, 80 voting cards were distributed. There were 77 valid votes and three abstentions. The majority was 39 and while 72 voted in favor, 5 voted against.
IOC President Thomas Bach in an official statement said, “Sport is seen by many governments around the world as essential to the long-term development of their countries and regions. The Brisbane 2032 Olympic project shows how forward-thinking leaders recognize the power of sport as a way to achieve lasting legacies for their communities.”
The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told International Olympic Committee voters in an 11-minute live video link from his office that Australia knows what it takes to deliver successful Games.
Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare for hosting the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
The 2032 deal for the Australian east coast city looked done even months before the formal decision by IOC members at their meeting ahead of the Tokyo Games, which open Friday.