TOKYO — Brisbane was picked on Wednesday to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids.
The Games will return to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956.
“We know what it takes to host a successful Games in Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told International Olympic Committee voters in an 11-minute live video link from his office.
Brisbane follows host Los Angeles from 2028 and gets 11 years to prepare to host the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
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In fact, the 2032 deal for the Australian city on the east coast appeared to have been completed months before the formal decision by IOC members at their meeting ahead of the Games in Tokyo, which begin Friday.
The IOC gave Brisbane exclusive negotiating rights in February. That decision left Olympic officials in Qatar, Hungary and Germany caught off guard by their own stalled bidding plans.
Brisbane was the first winner in a new bidding format. It lets the IOC approach potential candidates and unquestionably select them before the previously imposed seven-year advance imposed others in Olympic competitions.
The streamlined process is designed to reduce campaign costs, give the IOC greater control and eliminate the risk of vote buying.
Olympic events will be hosted in the state of Queensland, including the Gold Coast, which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.