The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to announce early on Thursday morning that Brisbane will host the Summer Games in 2032 as the only bid city selected for “exclusive negotiations”
Several proposals have been reviewed by the IOC’s Potential Host Summer Committee, but Brisbane’s offer has long been the stand-out, with existing infrastructure funded by South-East Queensland upgrade plans developed.
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President and IOC Vice-President John Coates will excuse himself at tonight’s IOC Executive Board meeting when the Future Host Summer Commission presents its report and when the IOC makes its announcement via video stream to the world’s media.
“The Brisbane, Queensland candidature is following the process approved by IOC Members in Session in 2019,” the AOC said.
“We are aware that the IOC Executive Board will receive presentations from a number of Commissions at its meeting tonight, including the Future Host Commission.
“We are not privy to that presentation but look forward to any advice in due course.”
Doha, Budapest, Istanbul, Jakarta, New Delhi and St Petersburg were among the other cities that showed interest in the 2032 Games.
The idea that a joint bid will be submitted by the twin cities of Chengdu and Chongqing was recently floated in the Chinese media, but nothing more specific was made public.
The idea of a joint North Korea-South Korea proposal had also been discussed early on, but negotiations there broke down last year.
After the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic had faded, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk restarted discussions about Brisbane’s bid late last year.
An early December meeting with Coates was identified by Ms Palaszczuk as “really positive”.
“Today was very significant in that we were able to discuss getting our Olympic taskforce, or working group, back together … to look at the next stages that we have to go through,” she said.
If Brisbane emerges as the only remaining candidate city, as planned, to begin negotiations with the IOC, it will have to plan for more than a decade.
In December, Coates endorsed the resumption of talks by the Queensland Premier, saying: “I think with COVID under control in this country, largely, it is time for everyone to reaffirm their commitment to these Games and I think that’s going to be very well received.”
Discussions with the federal government will also continue with Queensland as it will need its support for infrastructure commitments.