Brisbane bowls over IOC; lands 2032 Games


Brisbane confirmed as host of 2032 Olympic Games Image: Government of Queensland

Brisbane (Australia) will host the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the recommendation of its Executive Board.

The ‘Government of Queensland, Australia’ stated that Brisbane will become home to the Games for the XXXV Olympiad. It will be the third Australian City to host after Melbourne (1956) and Sydney (2000).

The historic announcement was made after a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members at their 138th Olympic Committee Session in Tokyo on July 21st, 2021, two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 2032 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad) and the 2032 Summer Paralympics, both colloquially referred to as Brisbane 2032, are two upcoming international multisport events scheduled to take place from July 23rd to August 8th, 2032 and August 24th to September 5th, 2032, respectively, in the Cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a not-for-profit, civil, non-Governmental, international organization made up of volunteers which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 percent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.4 million goes to help athletes and sports organizations at all levels around the world.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – the most spectacular sporting showpiece on earth – will be celebrated from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021. The Paralympic Games will be held from August 24th, 2021 to September 5th, 2021.

Geyser of opportunities

The ‘Government of Queensland, Australia’ further stated that hosting the world’s greatest event will create a two-decade pipeline of opportunity for Queensland.

The Games will deliver economic and social benefits across the State with more than $8 billion in benefits predicted. The Games will benefit communities, tourism operators, sporting organizations, and local businesses.

They will also connect communities, improve health and fitness levels, encourage more people to join their local sporting clubs as participants or volunteers and inspire a generation of children.

Olympic events and pre-Games training camps will be held across the State as Queensland’s shores are opened to new tourism, trade and investment opportunities around the world.

Games Master Plan

The Master Plan was developed by Games partners including the State, federal and local Governments. World class venues and facilities will leave a legacy for Queensland long after the closing ceremony concludes.

Benefits galore

Research by Klynveld Peat Marwick and Goerdeler (KPMG) predicts that hosting the 2032 Games will deliver $8.1 billion in benefits to Queensland including a $4.6 billion economic boost to tourism and trade and $3.5 billion in social improvements such as health, volunteering and community benefits.

The 2032 Games are also expected to support 91,600 full-time equivalent jobs in Queensland and 122,900 nationally.

The IOC ‘new norm’ policy means the Games will fit around Queensland, as 84 percent of venues are already built or will be temporary.

Some current venues like the 42,000-capacity Gabba will be refurbished to serve Queenslanders for generations to come while any new infrastructure will have long-lasting community benefits.

The Games will be a partnership between all three levels of Government. The global audience reach for the Games will be huge – about four times that of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

History of the Olympic submission

It all started in 2015 when the South East Queensland Council of Mayors initiated a bid to host the 2032 Games to accelerate infrastructure investment, boost jobs and attract tourism.

The Queensland Government established the 2032 Taskforce in July 2019 to determine the merits of hosting the Games and five months later all levels of Government were united behind a collaborative effort to try to become the newest Olympic City.

The 2032 Taskforce worked alongside the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, other Government agencies and the Future Host Commission to prepare the application.

In February 2021, Brisbane was granted ‘preferred host’ status, thus entering into targeted dialog, and a final submission was made to the IOC in May 2021.

The Future Host Commission recommended to the IOC Executive Board that Brisbane’s proposal be put to a vote, which was set down for July 21st, 2021. The IOC members voted in favor of Brisbane being awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Australian Olympic Committee is the National Olympic Committee responsible for developing, promoting and protecting the Olympic Movement in Australia.

Paralympics Australia, previously called the Australian Paralympic Committee, is the National Paralympic Committee in Australia for the Paralympic Games movement. It oversees the preparation and management of Australian teams that participate at the Summer Paralympics and the Winter Paralympics.

The mission of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad is to explore, create and oversee interest in future Games of the Olympiad and Summer Youth Olympic Games.




The South East Queensland Council of Mayors initiated a bid to host the 2032 Games.

July 2019

The Queensland Government established the 2032 Taskforce.

February 2021

Brisbane was granted ‘preferred host’ status.

July 21st, 2021

The IOC members voted in favor of Brisbane being awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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