Brisbane to celebrate crowning 2032 Games
TOKYO / MELBOURNE, July 21 (Reuters) – Australia eagerly awaited the vote of the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo on Wednesday which is expected to confirm preferred candidate Brisbane as host of the 2032 Summer Games.
Queensland State Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Australian delegation will make a final presentation to IOC members in Tokyo ahead of the vote at around 5:10 pm (08:10 GMT)
Rather than running against rival candidates, Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, only needs ratification at Wednesday’s IOC session to win the Games.
The IOC overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to cut costs and make the process easier for cities after seeing a number of potential hosts drop out in previous years.
Reforms have played into Brisbane’s hands, with the city being named the preferred bidder by an IOC commission in February and approved by the powerful IOC Executive Board last month.
Although Brisbane is considered a must-see, IOC members could still refuse to ratify his candidacy, which would put him back in a race with other countries and cities that have shown interest, including Budapest, Doha and the River Valley. Ruhr in Germany.
The Australian bid delegation arrived in Tokyo on Monday and said it was not taking anything for granted.
“We are here to work, we are here to do the job and we are here to bring it home,” Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner told reporters at the airport. Read more
Confidence is evident in Brisbane and other Australian cities where authorities have set up “live sites” for residents to watch the IOC announcement on the big screen.
Strict closures in three of Australia’s six states due to COVID-19 outbreaks may dampen the party mood, but Queensland remains open to celebrate and Brisbane residents will gather on the south bank of the Brisbane River for the great moment.
Queensland’s Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and if the state wins the 2032 Olympics, Australia will become only the second country after the United States to host the Summer Games in three different cities.
Melbourne hosted the Games in 1956 and Sydney hosted them in 2000.
Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Michael Perry
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