Brisbane all but confirmed as host for 2032 Olympics

Brisbane all but confirmed as host for 2032 Olympics as IOC board recommends the city ahead of official vote next month

Brisbane recommended by International Olympic Committee executive boardUnless the 113 members unexpectedly reject the choice, Brisbane will winWould become Australia’s third host city after Melbourne 1956, Sydney 2000 

Australian Olympic officials have placed the champagne on ice after Brisbane was all but awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Games.

AOC boss John Coates on Friday said the Queensland capital was facing a ‘date with destiny’ on July 21, after the executive board of the International Olympic Committee recommended Brisbane as their preferred choice.

The outcome will be decided by a vote next month, but IOC chief Thomas Bach hailed Brisbane’s bid as ‘somehow irresistible’.

It is the only candidate and needs just 50 per cent support from the estimated 113 members other than Coates and fellow Australian James Tomkins, who won’t vote.

Australian Olympic officials have placed the champagne on ice after Brisbane was all but awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Games

‘I was very, very pleased to get this expression of confidence,’ Coates said of the IOC’s recommendation.

‘We didn’t know (where we stood) from both the future host commission and the executive board. Now we do.’

Brisbane was chosen as the preferred option in February and the latest tick of approval leaves the city tantalisingly close to becoming Australia’s third Olympic Games host after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Coates said Sydney’s staging of the so-called ‘best ever Games’ 21 years ago had ‘absolutely’ boosted Brisbane’s prospects, showing the world that Australia boasted ‘a safe set of hands’.

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