— Published 12 March 2021

All of Australia behind Brisbane 2032

If there was still any doubt, the second day of the 137th IOC Session, Thursday 11thMarch, cleared it up without the slightest ambiguity: Brisbane and Queensland are now the big favourites for the organisation of the Summer Games in 2032. And even a little more than that. The president of the future hosts’ committee, the Norwegian Kristin Kloster Aasen, explained it bluntly: “It became clear, very clear, that one project and only one met all the opportunities that you saw in feasibility assessment. This project is that of Brisbane”. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, hit the nail on the head during his address to the session via videoconference. “All levels of government are working together to make the Brisbane 2032 project a reality“, he said in a pre-recorded video, where he appeared with the Prime Minister of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, the mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner, and the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates. “We will leave nothing to chance when we work with you during this phase of focused dialogue. We want to be a trusted, caring and reliable partner for the IOC and the IPC. We will be a reliable partner in times of uncertainty. We don’t take anything for granted, but we look forward to working with you”. The Games are not yet over, but Australia now have all the cards in their hands.