The Olympics will return to Australia in 2032 for the third time after Brisbane was awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Games.
There was little competition to host the XXXV (35th) Olympiad, with Brisbane the only city still in the running as International Olympic Committee member nations voted to award the rights in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, the bid team, led by Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, federal sports minister Richard Colbeck and Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner, made the trip from Australia to set out their case in person.
Palaszczuk said Brisbane would offer the Olympic movement “a safe pair of hands.”
“We pledge to create a successful model under your new host city strategy by showcasing a cost-neutral, climate positive, safe…and enthralling experience for the whole world,” she said.
It is the third time the Olympics will head Down Under following Melbourne in 1958 and Sydney in 2000.
The Tokyo Olympics officially gets underway on Friday with the opening ceremony, although matches have already taken place in the competition’s football and softball tournaments.
It will last for two weeks before the handover ceremony which will see Paris receive the flame for the 2024 Olympiad. Los Angeles is scheduled to host the games in 2028.