The IOC members chose the city of Australia eleven years in advance. Thus, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 will be their predecessors.
The Australian city of Brisbane received the organization of the 2032 Olympic Games on Wednesday, allowing the Olympic world to prepare for the coming two days after the opening of the Tokyo Games, so tumultuous for the Japanese metropolis that they have been able to discourage other candidacies.
Ending almost non-existent suspense, Brisbane was chosen by the members of the IOC, gathered for their 138th session in the Japanese capital, and will therefore succeed Paris-2024 and Los Angeles-2028. Thus, never before has the most important sporting event in the world been entrusted eleven years in advance and without competition when the fight between candidate countries has been titanic for decades.
But the capital of the state of Queensland launched a new procedure introduced in 2019, which makes it possible to ensure the organization of the Games: the IOC can now initiate a "dialogue" with a "preferential" candidate, which is equivalent to clearing the route to her official designation, to reduce the growing reluctance to organize the Games, reduce expenses and constitute a nursery for future organizing cities.
Among the rare countries to have been present in all editions of the Summer Games, Australia is "an immense Olympic village" with its multiple nationalities, ethnic origins. Some 300 languages spoken, said the country's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday. By videoconference.
This low-suspense designation had displeased Doha (Qatar), which also wanted to host the 2032 Games, as did Seoul and Pyongyang, which had submitted a joint bid from the two Koreas in April.
Meanwhile, this is the third time Australia will host the Summer Games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. Well aided by Australian IOC Vice President John Coates, Brisbane has been a favorite since February to win the Games.
In June, the IOC skipper, Thomas Bach, had described the Australian candidacy as "irresistible," speaking of the "love" of the inhabitants of the oceanic country for "their sports and their athletes," as well as their ability "to encourage to athletes from all over the world and to receive them."
This enthusiasm, perceptible in the 1956 Melbourne Games and later in the Sydney 2000 Games, which are still considered one of the most successful Olympic editions, is seen every year at the Australian Tennis Open. And suppose the Olympic Games are, above all, a gigantic televised event. In that case, the reception of the local public is essential for the atmosphere.
His appointment also confirms the traditional continental rotation decided by the IOC, with Tokyo-2020 (Asia), Paris-2024 (Europe), and Los Angeles-2028 (America), when Africa is still awaiting its first Olympic Games. The Queensland region, already a candidate in the 1992 Games attributed to Barcelona and organizer of the Commonwealth Games in 2018, also promises "84% of sites already built", a key criterion since the Olympic instance began its hunt for avoiding facilities created and then underused.
The city of 2.3 million inhabitants hopes to gain international notoriety when many tourists still consider it a simple gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
"Everywhere I travel, people ask me where Brisbane is, and I am forced to draw up a map to show that it is an hour from Sydney by plane," says the president of the Queensland Olympic Council, Natalie Cook. "That is going to change, and I'm excited."