In a major update coming in with regards to the Olympics, Australia's Brisbane has been finalised as the host of the 2032 summer games. The development comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the recommendation of its executive board on Wednesday. This makes Brisbane the third city in the country to get the hosting rights of Olympic after Melbourne and Sydney where the sporting extravaganza was conducted in 1956 and 2000, respectively.
It is being learned that hundreds of people had gathered at the river-side South Bank to watch the all-important IOC session on the giant screen and started cheering as soon as the decision was confirmed. Post the announcement, Australian Prime Minister also declared it as a historic day for the entire country.
"It's a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country. Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games – so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world," Morrison was quoted.
Australia only second country in the world to host Olympics in three different cities
Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, had been identified as a preferred host city in February this year but earned the nod of the executive board last month. The selection of the city also makes the Land of Kangaroos only the second country in the world after the United States of America to host the Olympic Games in three different cities.
"It also marks an important leap forward for Australia as we look toward major events that lock in economic growth and social benefits that will echo for years to come," Morrison added.
Indonesia, Hungary's capital Budapest, China, Qatar's Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley region were among several other cities and countries that had shown interest in hosting the marquee event.
However, in a new process adopted by the Olympic Committee that does not openly bid the candidates head to head against each other, Brisbane had moved ahead of any rival back in February. They had been selected as a "preferred host."
It should be noted that while Tokyo is set to host the postponed 2020 Games this week, Paris has been given the hosting rights for the 2024 event. In 2028, the Games will move to Los Angeles.