Brisbane was named the Olympic host city for 2032 on Wednesday, setting up jubilant fireworks as it became the third Australian city to do so following Melbourne and Sydney.
After a vote at the IOC session in Tokyo, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, confirmed the widely expected result.
“The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce that Brisbane, Australia, will host the Games of the 35th Olympiad,” Bach stated.
The Brisbane delegates in Tokyo erupted in applause, while fireworks lit up the skies above the Australian city hundreds of miles (kilometres) away.
Brisbane appeared to be a foregone conclusion after the IOC’s 15-strong executive board unanimously proposed it as the sole candidate for 2032 in June.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country.”
“Securing the Olympic Games is only possible for global cities, so this is a fitting recognition of Brisbane’s standing in our region and around the world.”
Australia has already hosted the Olympics twice, in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, with Melbourne in 1956 being widely regarded as one of the most successful Games in modern history.
Hundreds of people flocked to Brisbane’s Southbank riverfront zone for an announcement viewing party, where they could watch the city’s final proposal to the IOC projected on a large screen.
One of those in the masked crowd, Rhys Cush, 24, said he planned to work at the 2032 Olympics as well as attend as a spectator.
“I’m a huge fan of yours. He told AFP, “I even watched the softball this morning.” “I am ecstatic that the Olympics are coming to town.”
Lauren Granger, 42, expressed her optimism that the 2032 Olympics will recapture the excitement of Sydney’s victorious 2000 Games.
“We flew down to Sydney for the Olympics, and it was really a wonderful experience for our family,” she recalled.
“That was 20 years ago, and we’d love to be able to experience it with our children in 2032.”