TOKYO (AP) – Brisbane was chosen to host the 2032 Olympics on Wednesday, the inevitable winner of a race to an IOC-led city to avoid rival bids.
The Games will return to Australia 32 years after the popular Sydney Olympics in 2000. Melbourne hosted in 1956.
“We know what it takes to have a successful Games in Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told voters at the International Olympic Committee in an 11-minute live video link from his office.
When the award was later confirmed, winning the 72-5 vote, Morrison raised both arms in the air and threw his thumbs up.
The victory sparked a fireworks display in Brisbane which was broadcast to IOC members at their five-star hotel in Tokyo.
Brisbane follows Los Angeles, host of 2028, as it prepares for 11 years to host the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
The 2032 deal appeared months before the official decision was made at the IOC meeting, which was held ahead of the Tokyo Games opening ceremony on Friday.
The IOC gave Brisbane exclusive trading rights in February. The move left Olympic officials in Qatar, Hungary and Germany blinded by their own stalled auction plans.
Although the outcome is expected, a high-level Australian delegation traveled to Tokyo amid the COVID-19 pandemic to present speeches, films and pledges on stage.
The City of Brisbane sent Mayor Adrian Schrinner, the State of Queensland sent Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Australian Federal Government sent Sports Minister Richard Colbeck to court Olympic voters.
They were joined by longtime Australian Olympic official John Coates, now IOC Vice President who shaped the fast-track selection process two years ago.
The first-time format, designed to reduce campaign costs, gives the CIO more control and removes the risk of buying votes.
The project will see events held across Queensland, including the Gold Coast, which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Brisbane’s famous cricket stadium, known as Gabba, will be modernized and could host the sport at the Games. Cricket was played once at the Olympics, at the Paris Games of 1900.
The next three hosts of the Summer Games – starting with Paris in 2024 – are now secured in the rich and traditional hosts of the Olympics without any of the trios facing a contested vote.
The IOC and its practical chairman, Thomas Bach, tore up the model of traditional auction campaigns and staged votes to lock down favorite cities with the minimum of risk.
Paris and LA were competing for 2024 until Bach and Coates oversaw the inclusion of 2028 rights in an unprecedented double prize four years ago.
The future hosts provide stability to the IOC which has been stung by the two previous Summer Games contests marred by allegations of vote-buying when several cities were on the ballot.
The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still under investigation by French prosecutors. They implicated officials who then lost their place in the IOC family as active or honorary members.
A low-risk future awaits the IOC after the often troubled Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games in February, which will take a look at China’s human rights record .
Key partners have also been secured until 2032. The broadcast deal signed by the IOC with NBC and leading sponsors Coca-Cola, Visa and Omega are tied for the coming decade.
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