Sport Brisbane Takes One Step Closer To Hosting 2032 Summer Olympic And Paralympic Games

06:55  11 june  2021
06:55  11 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Executive Board has officially put forward the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid to be voted on at the upcoming IOC Session.

International Olympic Committee vice-president and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates is refusing to make any assumptions, but all going well in a little over a month, Brisbane will be confirmed as the host city of the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Brisbane 2032 was the preferred bid for the Games by the IOC.

Targeted dialogue took place between the IOC and the AOC as further work went into ensuring the feasibility of Brisbane's bid and that it ticked all of the IOC's required boxes.

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The Games are set to be spread across Queensland with Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast all used as hosts for the various events and travelling athletes, media and dignitaries set to descend on Australia for the Games.

Thursday's decision by the IOC's Executive Board means that the Brisbane 2032 bid will now be voted on by IOC members at their upcoming Session on July 21 in Tokyo.

The 115 IOC members, excluding Coates and fellow Australian representative James Tomkins, will vote at the Session held in Tokyo on July 21.

Coates confirmed that if 50 per cent or more vote in favour of the bid, Brisbane will be confirmed as the host for 2032.

If the bid is successful, it will be the third time the Games have been held in Australia after Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.

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A number of other countries around the world have been working on bids for the 2032 Games including Indonesia, the Netherlands and even Qatar, however, Brisbane has been well ahead of the pack in recent months.

The city received a unanimous endorsement by the Executive overnight and it appears likely that the IOC Members will do the same in July.

Speaking about the Executive’s decision on Friday morning, Coates confirmed that while he remains cautious about endorsing the decision as a fait accompli, he is confident in the strength of the bid that it should be endorsed in July.

"You never know with the IOC Members," said Coates as he remained cautious over-celebrating Brisbane's successful bid.

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"I never take it for granted, I've been around long enough and I've seen a lot of candidates fall by the way.

"There could be some who might say is this too early (to confirm a bid).

"I'd never say anything is a given...but I was very, very pleased to get this expression of confidence."

Coates spoke through the process of what is next for the Brisbane 2032 bid and what they will need to do to get the Games across the line.

He and fellow bid members will take time before July 21 to brief members of the IOC about all the technical measures of the Brisbane 2032 bid.

This will give members an opportunity to critique the Brisbane bid before going to vote on July 21.

One area that Coates highlighted could be of concern is the plan to house athletes across three separate areas of Queensland in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

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Coates is confident it shouldn't be too much of a concern giving the plans in place to transport athletes between those villages but concedes some may take issue with the fact it goes against the traditional Olympic way of bringing athletes into one, central area.

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While Brisbane 2032 is the only bid that will be voted on at the Session in July, it is still possible that the IOC votes against the bid.

"Even with one candidate, for IOC elections...you still have to go to a vote and the majority of voters have to say yes," Coates said.

"They haven't said goodbye to the other cities that were involved in continuous dialogue, they're continuing to talk to them about future Games, 2036 onwards.

"It may also mean that there is more work for Brisbane to do."

Coates stated that he felt Australia's successful experience in hosting the Olympics and Paralympics previously certainly counted in Brisbane's favour.

"[We're a] safe pair of hands," Coates commented.

"It did note in our report our history of hosting big events, it cited the most recent one of the (2018) Commonwealth Games.

"Everyone who has been around has got very warm recollections of Sydney and that hasn't hurt at all."

One of the benefits of hosting a Games is the opportunity to include a new sport to showcase to the world.

In Japan 2020, we will see the return of softball and baseball while the plan to introduce breakdancing into the 2024 Games in Paris has already been widely spoken about.

It's likely to see even more talk about popular Australian sports like cricket or netball making their Olympic debut in 2032 in Brisbane.

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However, if the bid is successful Coates confirmed that decision wouldn't be made until December 2028.

One impact of hosting an Games that is often brought up by its critics are the cost involved with hosting the Olympics and Paralympics.

When quizzed about how much the Games are set to cost Queensland and Australia, Coates referred back to the documents that stated an infrastructure package of around $11 billion is in the works.

"The agreement outside of this, the improved infrastructure and the support from the Federal Government for the planned venues that aren't done, the agreement between the Federal and Queensland Government is circa $10-11 billion over the next 11 years," Coates said.

"That's from a pool of money similar to the city deals that you hear, the $10 billion that's going out to Western Sydney around the airport.

"Our proposal made it clear that they weren't necessary, the road and rail, but it will facilitate a much better Games."

As part of the infrastructure projected for the Games, it is anticipated 84 per cent of venues will be using either existing or temporary infrastructure.

This means we are less likely to see images like previous Games in Athens or Rio where state-of-the-art venues are run down with years of the Olympics being finished.

The impact study carried out by KPMG into the economic and environmental impact of the 2032 Games in Brisbane concluded that the event would bring in an estimated US$6.1 billion to the state of Queensland.

More broadly for Australia, the study estimated it would bring in US$13.4 billion nationally.

On the Brisbane 2032 bid, IOC President Thomas Bach praised the project for the progressive nature in which they have conducted themselves.

“Sport is seen by many governments around the world as essential to the long-term development of their countries and regions," Bach said.

"The Brisbane 2032 Olympic project shows how forward-thinking leaders recognise the power of sport as a way to achieve lasting legacies for their communities.”

You can watch a full run-through of Brisbane's 2032 bid in the video below.

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