Brisbane chosen to host the Olympic Games in 2032
Two days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met to choose the host city for the XXXV Olympiad which will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2032. It was no surprise that the choice was centered on Brisbane, the only candidate still in the run to host the games. It will be the third Summer Games to be held in Australia after Melbourne (1956) and Sydney (2000).
The IOC, chaired by Thomas Bach, wanted "a sustainable and economically responsible Olympic Games that offer the best possible experience to athletes and sports enthusiasts and to leave a strong legacy to local communities." Gone are the colossal budgets for the set-up of stadiums that are abandoned afterwards, as in Rio or Athens. The Australian government and local elected officials have promised that 84% of the events will be held at existing and temporary sites. The three Olympic sites located in the state of Queensland in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast as well as the three adjacent Olympic villages, should benefit the Australian population for several decades to come.
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