This week, a remote meeting was held over three days, during which Brisbane 2032, the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia were supported to finalise their plans, in order to make a ‘Final Submission’ to the Future Host Questionnaire in the coming weeks. The three levels of government supporting the project took part in the meetings, with presentations from leading political figures including The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of the State of Queensland, and The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Adrian Schrinner, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison joining by video message.
IOC Member Kristin Kloster Aasen, chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad, said: “Brisbane 2032 has demonstrated its commitment to the great spirit of partnership of the new way of electing Olympic hosts. It is clear that the proposal has a strong momentum from across the whole community.
“Under the new approach to host elections, the Olympic Games adapt to the needs of the people living in the host region, rather than expecting the region to adapt to the Games. Brisbane 2032 has clearly been designed to complement long-term development plans for Brisbane and Queensland.”
The remote assessment, including a virtual visit to all locations on the venue masterplan, will contribute to reducing costs for the Preferred Host. The reduction of cost and complexity of the Games is an important element of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm.
In advance of the meeting, Brisbane 2032 supplied footage of proposed competition venues, Olympic Villages, the International Broadcast Centre, the Main Press Centre and the Ceremony Stadium, plus the surrounding areas.
Brisbane 2032 is the first ‘Preferred Host’ under the new approach to electing Olympic hosts, intended to make the election process more efficient and sustainable for potential hosts, less expensive, and with fewer risks. Brisbane 2032 would make use of over 80% existing or temporary venues. The other venues are planned irrespective of the Games, to serve the long-term needs of the population of Queensland, the fastest-growing state in Australia. Brisbane 2032 has support from over 64% of the population of Queensland and Australia.
In recent weeks the Future Host Commission has organised an intensive schedule of workshops to assist Brisbane 2032 to develop strong plans for legacy, sustainability, economics of the games, games technology and legal requirements. As part of the new approach to electing hosts, the IOC provides these services at its own cost. Expenses for potential hosts have reduced drastically following the reforms of the process.
The IOC Executive Board (EB) opened a Targeted Dialogue with Brisbane 2032 as Preferred Host in February, following a recommendation by the Future Host Commission. The Commission will review Brisbane 2032’s Final Submission before making a report to the EB, which can decide to recommend the project for election by the Session as an Olympic host.