The city of Brisbane has been announced as the host of the 2032 Olympics on Wednesday.
The announcement has triggered celebratory fireworks as it became the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne and Sydney. The development was confirmed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach as it was a widely expected result after a vote at the IOC session in Tokyo.
“The International Olympic Committee has the honour to announce that the Games of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia,” Bach said.
The announcement was greeted by cheers from the Brisbane delegates in Tokyo, while fireworks lit up the skies above the Australian city thousands of miles (kilometers) away.
It was certain that Brisbane would emerge host after it was unanimously proposed as the single candidate for 2032 by the IOC’s 15-strong executive board in June.
“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country. Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Australia has already hosted the Olympics twice, in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000 – which were widely considered one of the most successful Games in recent history. Ahead of the announcement, hundreds of people packed Brisbane’s Southbank riverside precinct, watching the city’s final pitch to the IOC projected on a big screen.
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