The 2032 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad and also known as Brisbane 2032, is an upcoming international multi-sport event proposed to be held between 23 July to 8 August 2032, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[1]

Games of the XXXV Olympiad
Interim emblem for election as host city.
Host cityBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Opening23 July 2032
Closing8 August 2032
StadiumThe Gabba
TBD 2034 →
2032 Summer Paralympics

It will be the third Summer Games to be held in Australia after the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, New South Wales.[2] It will also be the fourth Summer Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, after the aforementioned games in Australia and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will also be the second Summer Games to be held entirely in a host country's meteorological winter, after Rio de Janeiro.

Following changes in the bidding rules, the International Olympic Committee selected and announced Brisbane as the winning bid on 21 July 2021, two days before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[3] Brisbane was first announced as the preferred bid on 24 February 2021, gaining the formal approval of the IOC Executive Board on 10 June 2021.[4][5][6] Brisbane became the first host city to be selected to host the Olympics through the new bid process.[1] This will be the second consecutive Summer Games to be held in an English-speaking country just like in 1904–1908 and 1996–2000; the 2028 Summer Olympics are scheduled for Los Angeles, California, in the United States.

Bidding process Edit

The new IOC bidding process was approved at the 134th IOC Session on 24 June 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.[7] The key proposals, driven by the relevant recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020, are:

  • Establish a permanent, ongoing dialogue to explore and create interest among cities/regions/countries and National Olympic Committees for any Olympic event
  • Create two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter Games) to oversee interest in future Olympic events and report to the IOC executive board
  • Give the IOC Session more influence by having non-executive board members form part of the Future Host Commissions.[8][7]

The IOC also modified the Olympic Charter to increase its flexibility by removing the date of election from 7 years before the games and changing the host from a single city/region/country to multiple cities, regions, or countries.

The change in the bidding process was criticised by members of the German bid as "incomprehensible" and hard to surpass "in terms of non-transparency".[9]

Future Host Summer Commissions Edit

The full composition of the Summer Commissions, oversee interested hosts, or with potential hosts where the IOC may want to create interest, is as follows:[10]

Future Host Summer Commissions for 2032 Summer Olympics
IOC members (6) Other members (4)

Dialogue stages Edit

According to Future Host Commission terms of reference with rules of conduct, the new IOC bidding system is divided into two dialogue stages:[11]

  • Continuous Dialogue: Non-committal discussions between the IOC and Interested Parties (City/Region/Country/NOC interested in hosting) concerning hosting future Olympic events.
  • Targeted Dialogue: Targeted discussions with one or more Interested Parties (called Preferred Host(s)), as instructed by the IOC Executive Board. This follows a recommendation by the Future Host Commission as a result of Continuous Dialogue.

Host selection Edit

Brisbane was confirmed as host of the 2032 Summer Olympics at the 138th IOC Session on 21 July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.[12] As per the new format of choosing future Olympic Games host cities from the IOC's Agenda 2020, the vote was in a form of a referendum to the 80 IOC delegates. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 72 of the delegates voted "Yes", 5 voted "No" and 3 other voters abstained.[13]

2032 Summer Olympics host city election
City NOC name Yes No Abs
Brisbane   Australia 72 5 3

Organisation Edit

Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games was established by the Queensland Government in 2021 to plan, organise and deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games in accordance with the host contract.[14]

Development and preparations Edit

From the 2021 selection of the city as the host for the 2032 Summer Olympics, Brisbane has 11 years to prepare for the games. The Brisbane bid relied on the premise that over 80 percent of the venues needed to host the games were already existing infrastructure. A 2019 feasibility study suggested that over A$900 million would be needed from both state and federal funding to host the games. The bid received federal government support in 2019.

Venue construction and renovations Edit

The majority of venues for the Games are existing or undergoing renovations and upgrades. Most of the new venues would be situated in the Brisbane Zone, such as the planned Brisbane Live precinct located at Roma Street. The Brisbane Live precinct will house a 17–18,000 person arena as its centrepiece and will be used for events such as aquatics. The precinct will also include a new railway station under Roma Street. The precinct construction cost is around A$2 billion, with an estimated completion date of 2024.[15]

In April 2021, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that The Gabba would undergo an approximately A$1 billion redevelopment to serve as main stadium if Brisbane were awarded the Games, under which the stadium will be "entirely demolished" and expanded to a capacity of 50,000. A new pedestrian plaza would also be constructed, which has been proposed as a site for public festivities during the Games.[16] In September 2021, Ted O'BrienLNP of Queensland MP and newly-appointed special envoy for Brisbane 2032—argued that the redevelopment was announced without consultation, explaining that "the problem was we were selling a proposition to the International Olympic Committee about the 'new norms'; no big, new, flashy, glossy investments", and that "we had a lot of work to claw back with the IOC to make sure they didn't think we were telling them one thing and planning to do something else."[17][18]

In February 2023, the state and federal government reached an agreement on A$7 billion worth of redevelopment in Brisbane for the Games, led by the aforementioned Gabba redevelopment (whose cost was increased to A$2.7 billion, paid entirely by the state) and Brisbane Live. The historic East Brisbane State School will be demolished and relocated due to the Gabba project.[19]

Infrastructure Edit

Trains on the Queensland Rail city network in 2018

As of 2021, Brisbane has many infrastructure projects under construction or planning on top of the games. The Cross River Rail, scheduled to be completed in 2024, is an underground railway project through central Brisbane, which is under construction. The Cross River Rail will see the development of a new rail line underneath Brisbane River, and the redevelopment of several stations in the Brisbane central business district with a cost of over A$5 billion.[20] Other transport infrastructure projects include the Brisbane Metro bus rapid transit project that will see the construction of two routes with a headway of up to three minutes during peak times.[21] The project is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner proposed that a 7-hectare (17-acre) glass factory at 137 Montague Rd, South Brisbane, be redeveloped into a 57,000 m2 (613,500 sq ft) International Broadcasting Centre along the banks of the Brisbane River.[22][23]

The main Athletes' Village will be constructed at Hamilton.[24]

Venues Edit

Venues will be located in three zones in South East Queensland: Brisbane as main host city, and neighbouring areas Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Another five cities will host football preliminaries: Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville in the state of Queensland. Melbourne and Sydney—Australia's two previous host cities in 1956 and 2000, respectively—will also host football preliminaries.

The Games Edit

Under current IOC policies, the program of the Summer Olympics consists of "28 core" sports that persist between Games, with other slots able to be filled with backing of the IOC and organising committee (within a maximum number of athletes) in order to improve local interest and eventual chances of medals.[25][26]

Various sanctioning bodies have announced plans to pursue bids for sports to be added to the 2032 Summer Olympics:

Broadcasting Edit

Domestically, the Games will be televised by the Nine Network, which acquired the rights to the Olympics from 2024 through 2032 in a deal announced 8 February 2023.[35][36] These Games mark the final year of nearly all of the IOC's current long-term broadcasting contracts.

See also Edit

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Summer Olympics
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XXXV Olympiad (2032)
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