And the chosen one is … Brisbane! Two days before the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the city of Brisbane was officially designated on Wednesday July 21 as the host city of the 2032 Summer Olympics. This city of 2.3 million inhabitants, located on the east coast of Australia, nearly 900 km north of Sydney, will therefore succeed Paris, in 2024, and Los Angeles, in 2028.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) validated this Wednesday the recommendation of its executive board. Brisbane, however, was the only city vying to host this competition. As reported in particular The world, this is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, which to this day remains the biggest sporting event in the world, that they have been entrusted to a city without competition. A phenomenon which may surprise whereas so far the competition was in full swing. But as franceinfo notes, a reform adopted in 2019 now allows the IOC to launch a “targeted dialogue” at any time, with a so-called “preferential” candidate city.
If Qatar and the Seoul – Pyongyang duo had for a time considered hosting the 2032 Olympics, Brisbane has, it seems, benefited from the influence of the Australian Vice-President of the IOC, John Coates. Brisbane, which also promises “84% of existing and temporary venues”, enough to support its candidacy even more, will be the third Australian city to host summer games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.