TOKYO: Doha lost out on its bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games as the Australian city of Brisbane won the right to host the mega sporting event.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Brisbane’s nomination in a vote that Australia’s prime minister hailed as a historic moment for city and country.
While Brisbane was essentially the only contender still left in the hunt, after seeing off the likes of India’s Ahmedabad, Jakarta in Indonesia, Doha in Qatar, Rhine-Ruhr in Germany and Madrid in Spain, the Aussie city has long been the frontrunner.
It was pushed by the IOC’s Future Host Commission and was the only city to take place in targeted dialogue with the IOC.
The 87 members of the IOC voting committee put their votes forward, with Brisbane needing 44 votes to win the bid.
The city, where hundreds of people gathered at the river-side South Bank erupted in cheering as the defining moments of the IOC session were broadcast on a big screen, becomes the third in Australia to get the Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Queensland’s state capital had been the preferred host, chosen in February, and had earned the nod of the IOC’s executive board last month, essentially securing the Games.
“It is first of all the passion and love for sport which the Aussies demonstrated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said of the winning project.
“Second, it is in line with the IOC reforms, for sustainable Games in every respect. Today’s vote is a vote of trust.”
The IOC tried to create some buzz around Wednesday’s election, the first not to openly pit cities and countries against each other.
Lack of drama
But with Brisbane the sole candidate, the procedure lacked the drama of past announcements that, after a battle for the nod over a two-year candidacy period, showed city populations nervously looking on as the IOC president opened a trademark large white envelope to name the winning host.
Brisbane got 72 of 77 eligible votes from IOC members and its selection means Australia becomes only the second country in the world, after the US, to stage summer Olympic Games in three different cities.
“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.