The Queensland Government has confirmed that they will bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the decision after the final cabinet meeting for the year.
“I’m very pleased to announce that Cabinet has given the green light to go to the next level for an Olympics for Queensland in 2032,” she said.
“It tells the rest of the world that we’re on the map, but also to the legacy benefits it would give for generations to come.”
Palaszczuk confirmed the event would run from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August in 2032, if successful.
“As I said from the outset, the Olympics must be inclusive of Queensland,” she added.
“The Olympic Committee has said that there is a New Norm, that means we can look at existing infrastructure, we don’t have to build huge venues that will not be used into the future.”
One of the biggest arguments against hosting the Olympics is the large expenditure needed to host the world’s biggest sporting events.
Not long after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, many of the new venues and stadiums had already become run down.
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates AC welcomed the decision from the Queensland government.
“This is not about a few weeks of sport,” Coates said in a statement released by the AOC.
“It’s about a decade of opportunity for sport, the community and the economy, leading into the Games – and for decades after. But now we have to focus on ensuring Queensland mounts a compelling case.
“We now have the Federal Government, the Queensland Government, the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (COMSEQ) and the AOC joined at the hip to take a Queensland candidature forward.
“We know the business community recognises the economic benefits that will flow, but it is vitally important that the community is kept fully informed.
“Critical to that, is an understanding that hosting an Olympic Games these days is a very different beast.
“The New Norm changes announced in 2018 ensure future hosts use existing facilities or temporary facilities.
“If there’s a lasting sport and community benefit, then new facilities can play a part, but the focus is on delivering a Games that is cost-effective and flexible.
“And we learned this year that the IOC would contribute US$1.8 billion towards the operating costs of the Games effectively ensuring the Games would be cost-neutral.”
If the bid is successful, it would be the third Summer Olympics held in Australia after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.