2032 Olympics and Paralympics a step closer for Sunshine State

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport

The Australian Government today welcomes a further step toward South East Queensland securing the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It follows the recommendation overnight from the International Olympic Committee’s executive board that the Queensland bid go to a final vote before its members at the IOC session in Japan next month.

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck and Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien who is also the Prime Minister’s representative for Queensland’s candidature, said it was another significant milestone.

“It reinforces the work that has been achieved so far by all bid partners and highlights what can be achieved when all levels of government work toward on an outcome that will have enormous benefits for the entire nation,” Minister Colbeck said.

He said Australia already has an enviable reputation when it comes to hosting global sport.

“We have demonstrated our strong credentials in successfully hosting major sporting events including the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” Minister Colbeck said.

“And we now have a runway of major international events booked for Australia.”

Next year, Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the FIBA Women’s World Cup, and the UCI Road World Championships.

Australia has also secured co-hosting rights for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, the 2027 World Netball Cup and is actively working with Rugby Australia to submit a bid for the Men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027.

“The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic bid is another important step as we continue to help inspire our athletes of the future,” Minister Colbeck said.

Mr O’Brien said the Sunshine State had all the credentials to host an event that would once again showcase Australia to the world.

“Hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games will not only be historic – it will bring Australians and Queenslanders together like never before,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Securing this event won’t just give us something to aim for – but just as we saw at the Sydney Olympics – it will have a long-lasting impact.

“Importantly, the Games are projected to generate billions of dollars of economic output for Queensland and Australia as well as tens of thousands of jobs.

“While we’re delighted to have cleared the penultimate hurdle, we take absolutely nothing for granted as we seek endorsement of members of the IOC session in Tokyo,” said Mr O’Brien.

The final process will include a presentation to the IOC in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We know Australia has already proved itself as a major host of international sport,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The case to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympics is compelling and we are confident the IOC members will consider it carefully.”

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