Brisbane has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the preferred bidder for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed the news that the IOC Board had endorsed the bid for an Australian Games to take place on Wednesday.
"The commitment of Australia and Oceania to Olympic sports has grown remarkably since the fantastic Olympic Games Sydney 2000," started Bach.
"This is why we see such strong public support. We decided to seize an opportunity to take to the next stage our discussions about returning 32 years later.
"In this way, we are also acknowledging the strength of the Australian team and other athletes from across the continent of Oceania at the Olympic Games over the past decades."
A number of cities have expressed an interest in hosting the 2032 Olympic Games, including, Doha, Budapest, St Petersburg, Istanbul, Jakarta, New Delhi and the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Chongqing, alongside rumours of a joint bid from North and South Korea.
The IOC reformed the bidding process for cities who were interested in hosting the Games, in order to reduce costs and reduce the number of losing bids. Previously, a host would have been selected seven years in advance, now, Brisbane will enter exclusive talks with the IOC via its Future Host Summer Commission.
Although the announcement does not rule out other cities from bidding, Brisbane now have the opportunity to show their plans and finance options in advance, where if successful, the bid would go to an IOC Session for a vote.
The decision has been marred in some controversy however, with president Bach having to defend the role of former IOC vice president John Coates, who is head of the Australian Olympic Committee.
Coates chaired a working group within the Olympic movement that altered the process for host city selection two years ago, forcing Bach into confirming that Coates would not be involved in the selection or the Future Host Summer Commission.
The next Olympic Games, set to be hosted this summer following postponement last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be hosted in Tokyo. Paris has been selected as the venue for the 2024 Games and Los Angeles in 2028.
Author: Jake Wilkin