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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Brisbane, Host of the 2032 Olympics

Brisbane, Australia, is confirmed to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

“The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce that we have appointed Brisbane, Australia, as the host of the 35th Olympics,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in his announcement Wednesday (21/7).

The appointment would see the Olympics return to Australia 32 years after the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Another Australian city, Melbourne, hosted it in 1956.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (center) poses with members of the Brisbane 2032 delegation, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, center, poses with members of the Brisbane 2032 delegation, at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo Swimming via AP)

Brisbane is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles, who was chosen to host in 2028, and Paris, who was chosen to host in 2024.

The appointment of the city on Australia’s east coast to host the 2032 Summer Olympics had been agreed months before an official decision was announced by the IOC at their meeting ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The IOC has given Brisbane exclusive negotiating rights since last February.

Residents in Brisbane, Australia, welcome the International Olympic Committee's announcement of Brisbane's selection to host the 2032 Olympics, with fireworks celebrations Wednesday, 21 July 2021. (AP)

Residents in Brisbane, Australia, welcome the International Olympic Committee’s announcement of Brisbane’s selection to host the 2032 Olympics, with fireworks celebrations Wednesday, 21 July 2021. (AP)

Prior to Wednesday’s IOC vote, in a last-ditch effort to reassure members of the organization, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “This week in Tokyo, the world is going to bounce back and start going again, through this Olympics. And if you entrusting the Olympics to Brisbane and Australia, I can assure you that we will go further together, in solidarity that reflects the spirit and promise of the joint Olympic movement.” (ab/uh)

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