The Australian city of Brisbane is named the main favorite for hosting the 2032 Olympic Games / Article / LSM.lv

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday approved the Australian state of Queensland and its city of Brisbane as a priority candidate for the 2032 Olympic Games, the agency informed the AP.

The decision taken at a remote meeting of the IOC Executive Board brought Brisbane closer to acquiring the organizers’ rights before other potential bidders published their detailed plans.

Brisbane officials and representatives of the Australian Olympic Committee will enter into a focused dialogue with IOC working groups, IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters. He emphasized that the IOC’s decision was not directed at any of the bidders, but was currently in favor of one stakeholder.

In order to speed up the process of acquiring the right to host, the IOC abandoned the usual two-year campaigns, which ended with the announcement of the winner seven years before the start of the Olympic Games in question. It was usually costly for the cities concerned, leading to public opposition to the Olympic plans.

In 2019, the IOC set up working groups for the summer and winter Olympic Games, which maintain constant contact with stakeholders and can recommend the selected candidate. Budapest and Doha, the capital of Qatar, were also forecast to take an interest in hosting the 2032 Summer Games. Potential candidates could also include applicants from Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia.

Queensland’s prospects were boosted by local government support for the Olympic project, as well as the experience of hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games with the former British Empire.

In 2017, the IOC awarded the 2024 Olympic Games to Paris and in 2028 to Los Angeles.

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