Brisbane Confirmed as Host City of 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games

🥂 How good is this! Brisbane confirmed as host city of the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Finally some great news for all Aussies to enjoy! 🏅

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  • +25 votes

    Well that's exciting! Reckon we'll be out of lockdown by then?

    Seems some people are getting quite disenfranchised with the Olympics lately. Let's see how the Tokyo ones go and hopefully some good strides can be done to improve by then.

    • +8 votes

      If we play our cards right.
      Hopefully, them almighty state premiers of ours just might grace us with a few weeks of freedom to finally live a little…

      🤞🤞

      • +3 votes

        only 11 years away

        • +16 votes

          Lockdown 55

  • +13 votes

    4020 days to go!

    • +8 votes

      Time to stock up toilets paper

  • +21 votes

    Hope to still be alive in 2032.

    /revisit this post in 2032.

    • +8 votes

      There's a bookmark button above lol :)

      • +6 votes

        ta !

        (see what I did there)

    • +3 votes

      LMAO … !!!!
      Be positive mate (Not for covid)…

  • +9 votes

    I thought only cities were able to host the Olympics!

    • +2 votes

      This won't end well :(

    • +10 votes

      Only cities not in lockdown.

  • +44 votes

    Welcome to many years of paying it off. Sydney had zero infastructure for many years to pay this off, only now is it getting that.

    No matter which politicans are in power - so its not a case of Lab vs Lib, the Olympics are only profitable for the IOC.

    • +7 votes

      The plan is to use mostly existing infrastructure, it's not planned to be all shiny new venues.

    • +6 votes

      Except Brisbane never have any infrastructure at all so there is nothing to lose.

      • +2 votes

        QLD Premier said on ABC this morning that they plan to re-use current facilities for over 80% of the required capacity.

        • +3 votes

          Just because they are reusing existing facilities doesnt mean they dont need to renovate it and deck it out with latest equipment. Also this is another 10 years down the road which means more wear and tear. Either way its not gonna be cheap.

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            @umoddbro: It's never cheap because it's Australia.
            However, just because they plan on re-using the existing facilities, doesn't mean they won't need to build more venues.

            Heck, that 80% figure could be a misnomer (is/ 20% of those venues will be used for local things, but they will need x3 more venues any way). Or it could have been stated correctly, as in, the existing facilities can carry 80% of the needs. Yet, those requirements could be inaccurate (ie only 60%) and/or they can change in time.

            …any way you cut it, it's gonna be expensive!

        • -1 vote

          Also said she wouldn't attend the opening ceremony.

          Now I think she should, but this is a premier who will say anything that suits, but lets even ignore that.

          As others have said, read between the lines, renovation of existing facilities, will cost.

          We assume which is what she wants us to do, is that 80% existing means 20% cost, when its going to be no where near that.

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            @RockyRaccoon:

            Also said she wouldn't attend the opening ceremony.

            Is she expecting to be in power in 2032?
            Or even alive?

            No wonder she said yes.

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      Sydney had zero infastructure for many years to pay this off, only now is it getting that.

      Mmmmm … ain't working too well.

      Opal Tower is a residential tower located in the suburb of Sydney Olympic Park … that is the building sinking or cracking or something … somehow what they did in that swamp wasn't done right.

      Poor Brisbane. Just got flooded some 5? 10? 15? years ago. Imagine after another "Brisbane" Olympic Park debacle !! Opal Tower II high in the horizon …

      Why not just spend all that money building proper buildings … without anything "Olympic" about it?

    • -1 vote

      IOC has had pretty sweeping changes since RIO, they don't want anymore pictures of abandoned stadiums coming out.

      We've already seen the result of selecting a preferred bidder in bringing down the expenses of the bid and the plan that has been brought forward doesn't include any major spends not already required to handle the growing population and eventual merging of the SEQ into one city.

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    It's happening omg !!!!

    • +10 votes

      There were no other entrants on the table, so Brisbane was 'pencilled-in' in 2017.

      So, no surprises.

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        Yes, I wonder why Anastasia had to go to Tokyo to make sure Brisbane won the right to host!

      • +7 votes

        There were no other entrants on the table

        What are you referring to? This isn't true. The bidding process has changed in 2019 and there is no longer an "outright bidding" process because it cost too much for the bidding cities. It is now a more fluid process.

        https://qz.com/2036384/how-did-brisbane-get-the-2032-olympic...

        Several other cities have put forward proposals that did not advance.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bids_for_the_2032_Summer_Olymp...

        • +2 votes

          As you've said yourself there were no other entrants on the table since 2017. For Brisbane to not have been given the opportunity would've meant for the IOC to then go back to the others and essentially start over.
          It was therefore a foregone conclusion that Brisbane was going to 'win', the animated celebrations from Anastasia and ScoMo were not quite needed.
          Anyways it would be good to see the Olympics in Australia again.

          • +1 vote

            @Amaris:

            As you've said yourself there were no other entrants on the table since 2017. For Brisbane to not have been given the opportunity would've meant for the IOC to then go back to the others and essentially start over.

            That is not correct either. The whole process is fluid and is based on cities/countries in "dialogue" with the IOC so since 2019, there would be no such thing as "no other entrants on the table" because the table is continuous and not based on individual olympics. Countries can remain on the table as long as they want even if they fail to advance for a particular olmypics, they can remain in "dialogue" for the next olympics.

            Take a look at this.

            Also, right up to the end, Rhine-Ruhr was still pretty keen to host.

            https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/feb/26/german-officia...

            the animated celebrations from Anastasia and ScoMo were not quite needed.

            Maybe, its just political theatre or noise, I agree. I also agree that Anastasia did not need to fly to Tokyo for this, especially now (one could argue that this was bigger than one visit - debatable I guess).

            That said, I get criticizing the government/media/"propaganda" but this feels like being jaded for the sake of being jaded. This wasn't an upfront bidding process so it doesn't seem like there was competition, but if you read the new selection process, it was designed this way to prevent resources from being wasted on the bidding process. This doesn't mean that effort wasn't put into the proposal/plan. The outcome was probably decided earlier than this year which is why we seemed like such a shoe in, but there was competition.

            • +1 vote

              @cadwalader: brisbane was the sole contender since march 2021 by direction of the ioc .

              History says…

              ‘He is John Coates, president of the Australian Olympic Committee and a major player in the campaign which won next year's Olympics in Sydney.
              What he was unmistakably referring to, and seemingly attempting to justify, was the amount of bribery, palm-greasing and extravagant 'gifts' that now have to be lavished upon visitors from the IOC's vastly over-bloated membership to elicit their support.
              'You have been described as a Machiavellian figure. Are you?' asked his interrogator. Coates smirked and enigmatically replied: 'Whatever it takes.' ‘……
              Adroitly, Samaranch sidestepped any reference to the tactics employed by Sydney to stage the Millennium Summer Games. …..
              The following are alleged: that Sydney paid for minimally 12 IOC members and their wives to holiday on Australia's Gold Coast, that others were helicoptered out to the Barrier Reef, that two African delegates were entrusted with $35,000 to 'encourage' impoverished athletes in their home countries and, most bizarre of all, that they arranged for another African IOC member to witness an operation performed in a major Sydney hospital.
              Though Olympic rules stipulate that no IOC member may visit a candidate city more than once, one so enjoyed himself that he went back to Sydney to be royally entertained on three further occasions.
              Another allegation that will surface this week is that Phillip Coles, an Australian IOC member for the past 17 years, set up a headquarters in Paris where, for five months, he entertained European fellow IOC colleagues too old, infirm or idle to take the long flight to Australia.
              As I said, little of this will surprise regular Sportsmail readers. I have been writing about this Olympic voting scandal for years. It was in these pages that the Princess Royal, an IOC member since 1988, first revealed that much of her time was wasted by returning valuable and unsolicited gifts that arrived at Buckingham Palace or her home at Gatcombe Park from bidding cities wishing to ingratiate themselves and obtain her vote. '

              • +1 vote

                @petry:

                brisbane was the sole contender since march 2021 by direction of the ioc .

                Yes, because the selection process is more drawn out now. It doesn't mean that "there were no other entrants on the table". Other proposals have been filtered out at an earlier stage so both yes, Brisbane was the sole contender since march 2021 but only because they've won out at previous selection stages.

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                  @cadwalader: where did the ioc write that ? all i saw was the other prospective bidders were barred from making further submissions out of the blue, which explain the negative voting for the only entry allowed to proceed….

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        Did you read that in a Murdoch paper?

  • +1 vote

    Congratulations

  • +8 votes

    Alright Anastasia back on the plane mate.

    • +6 votes

      Happy for her to stay there a while longer.

    • +3 votes

      Nope, she's already been given her first orders by our new overlords (the IOC) and has been ordered to attend the opening ceremony.

      • +1 vote

        Ordered to attend the opening ceremony…. scandalous!

      • +2 votes

        Not exactly true. Only reason she wasn't going was because she was worried about the optics in Qld. Now she has an excuse to do what she really wanted anyway. As to why Qlders won't approve is just stupid human nature. It's not like they've had it particularly tough during covid

  • +12 votes

    Why is it that when I hear "Summer Olympic Games" all I think of is Summer Games on Commodore 64?
    Summer Olympics are just "The Olympics" to me and then there's the Winter Olympics.

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      Why is it that when I hear "Summer Olympic Games" all I think of is Summer Games on Commodore 64?

      I know that feel. Prime gaming right there.

    • +1 vote

      is that the one that you wiggle the joystick sideways furiously to run?
      spent a few 20c coins on that one (we had a TRS-80 with very few games…..)
      .

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        You're summing up mist of my adult life… But yes… That was the game. Also thinking of downhill skiing in the winter Olympics

        • +1 vote

          How good was the hotdog.

        • +9 votes

          Lets not forget California Games - that was the best ever

          bmx
          surfing
          skating

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jrR2zollIU

          … back when games were innocent and fun - rather than these poker-machine like intentionally addictive collect-crap style games that waste peoples lives nowadays.

  • +26 votes

    One host city bidding for the tournament should tell you all you need to know.

    Happy to be proven wrong, but reckon this will turn out to be an error of judgement.

    • +5 votes

      Very excited fory young kids that get to grow up in a city and region with this extra level of excitement and focus on facilities and infrastructure

      Just hope they've learned from the gold coast comm he's and don't scare the community away during the event itself

      I'm glass half full on this

      • +3 votes

        Would love to hear that there'll be a freeze on rental increases from 2031-2033. It's not going to happen but short term profiteering is going to make life very difficult for a lot of us.

      • +5 votes

        Well it will be the young kids who have to pay for this so they better enjoy it. The next generation will bear the pain of the financial losses.

        • +1 vote

          Not really, theres plenty of middle aged renters who can't afford to buy. This will hurt anyone renting

    • +1 vote

      There were others who wanted it, just that there was a short list of 1.

    • +2 votes

      One host city bidding for the tournament

      This isn't true. The bidding process has changed in 2019 and there is no longer an "outright bidding" process because it cost too much for the bidding cities. It is now a more fluid process.

      https://qz.com/2036384/how-did-brisbane-get-the-2032-olympic...

      Several other cities have put forward proposals that did not advance.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bids_for_the_2032_Summer_Olymp...

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        Thank you for dispelling the nonsense that these Anna-h8rs are employing.

        • -1 vote

          Yea, don't know what would make some online-Australians happy. Seems like there is always something for them to hate. Here is a free million dollars - boo hoo, how can I ever be happy if I'm paying tax on that.

  • +8 votes

    Parking available at my place…

    • +1 vote

      lol - rates please :)

  • +6 votes

    I hope we have good mascots for that year… this year they've gone with furries :S

    • +1 vote

      They're good…. if you're into furries.

    • -2 votes

      Good choice in my opinion.

    • +3 votes

      Bin chicken FTW!

  • +13 votes

    Yay! Crippling debt

    • +2 votes

      Chill out ! The grandchildren will pay for it - we'll be long gone

  • +5 votes

    surprised they didn't say
    winner is brisvegas

  • +11 votes

    It is kind of exciting. I was 19 for the Sydney 2000 Olympics where I grew up, and unfortunately spent most my time in the different countries bars rather than watching the events. It was actually a great time and vibe at the time.

    My son will be 12-13ish for the 2032 ones, so it will be nice for him to experience.

    Maybe we’ll even get high speed rail GC to Bris to Sunny Coast 🤣🤣🤣 (unlikely but hopeful)

    • +6 votes

      High speed rail, yeh nah.

      • +1 vote

        What are your thoughts re this? Genuinely interested. It always seems like this great idea in principle. Not good enough return on investment in Australia?

        • +5 votes

          It would be great, but Qld is so slow.
          There was a railway once to the coast in the 70s and it was ripped up.

          I’d love a high speed rail, the express train from Beenleigh to the city must go 50km an hour, it’s a joke.

          I’d love a railway line from coast to Ipswich too, direct not via city

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            @Donaldhump: Why would they build a rail infastructure, the tickets would have been sold, so if the patrons had to take extra time to get to the venue, too bad. they can return home if they dont like it.

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              @RockyRaccoon: What

              Oh wait, I don’t care about the olympics, I’d just like to be able to from Brisbane airport to Coolangatta airport without it taking 3 hours.

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              @RockyRaccoon: I think there are rules around travel times involved in a "regional" bid. I read somewhere the bid was claiming no venues more than 30min from the Olympic Village this isn't possible without fast rail e.g. 150-200kph which is still slow in the scheme of things.

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            @Donaldhump: Yes, I don’t have a lot of confidence either, not enough foresight or available funds. Ipswich to the coast would be great too.

        • +2 votes

          It would require forward thinking and actual investment in infrastructure, so probably won't happen.

          • +1 vote

            @brendanm: I think the thinking is absolutely there but there is a real inability to make things happen financially for whatever reason. I can't figure it out

            • +2 votes

              @kcbworth: Get a job in the gov and you will see why

              Slow as, red tape galore.

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            @brendanm: Why invest in infrastructure when we can spend that money on amazing sporting facilities that will be used for a once off event?

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          Monorail FTW, just like the one Sydney had.

    • +3 votes

      Well dont then blame the older generations for putting you in debt, you at least got the excitement of the games didnt you. 😀

      • +1 vote

        Yeah my mum’s business was a contractor so I think I’ve financially benefited too. Start looking for grants and contracts those who are interested.

        Sorry for the debts to other taxpayers (for which I am one of)

  • +8 votes

    In terms of venues, I hear all the fencing will be on the NSW border !

  • +1 vote

    Has Smirko taken credit for this yet?

    • -1 vote

      Nope, state premier takes the credit, commonwealth government pays - the usual recipe.

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        I wonder if that's because the federal government collects the vast majority of taxes?

  • +17 votes

    International guests can experience Aussie culture the moment they book with Ticketek, where you get charged a booking fee on the advanced seating fee and they top it off with a handling fee.

    • +1 vote

      At which point they'll wonder why we copied that great idea off their countries…

  • +1 vote

    which other countries were the competitors or shortlisted?
    seems like a single horse race from the news on radio

    • +4 votes

      Jakarta in Indonesia
      Doha in Qatar
      Ahmedabad in India
      Rhine-Ruhr in Germany
      Madrid in Spain
      North/South Korea combo

      IOC wanted it to go to Aus as we demonstrated the most financially sensible proposal

      • +17 votes

        Man North Korea would have been awesome

      • +11 votes

        All the countries you listed initially put up EOI
        but withdrew over the months leading up to the final submissions.

        Only Brisbane actually "BID"
        All the others expressed interest but did not actually submit final bids.

        It was Brisbane only, no one else
        and they still only got 72 of the 77 possible votes

        • +14 votes

          Can't get more Australian than winning the Olympics by doing a Bradbury.

          • +1 vote

            @Baysew: Bwahahaha. Congrats Baysew, you win the comment section.

        • +1 vote

          All the countries you listed initially put up EOI
          but withdrew over the months leading up to the final submissions.

          That is how the bidding system works now after the 2019 changes.

          The process is a lot more fluid and right up to the end Rhine-Ruhr seemed pretty keen on getting selected.

          https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/feb/26/german-officia...

      • +2 votes

        IOC wanted it to go to Aus as we demonstrated the most financially sensible proposal

        How much did Australia indemnify IOC if something goes wrong?

        I read that if Tokyo didn't run the games they owe the IOC $16bn in compensation.

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      Of course, our news doesn’t spend too much time on the rest of the world, because most of us wouldn’t read it even if they did.