Australian PM backs Queensland 2032 bid in meeting with IOC president
Scott Morrison, the prime minister of Australia, has thrown his weight behind Queensland's proposed bid to host the Olympic Games in 2032, claiming his government will be "there every step of the way."
The state capital Brisbane would be the hub of the games, with the Council of Mayors South East Queensland having last year commissioned a feasibility study into hosting the games that year.
Morrison met with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates following the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan at the weekend.
Morrison said: "A Brisbane Olympics has the potential to be a game-changer for southeast Queensland and my government will be there every step of the way. Just like in Sydney [which hosted the 2000 Olympics], a Queensland Olympics, led by Brisbane, would be an economic and job boom and would show off the entire state to the world."
In a statement, Bach said: “I was impressed by the clear and strong level of commitment of prime minister Scott Morrison and his government for Olympic Games in Queensland, Australia. He made it very clear that Olympic Games would fit 100 per cent into his government’s 10 years infrastructure planning. This early commitment and the well-known enthusiasm of the Aussies for sport are a great foundation for the Olympic Games 2032 in Queensland.”
During May's SportAccord Convention in Gold Coast, Bach met with Brisbane mayor Adrian Schrinner and Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to discuss the proposed 2032 bid, which at the time had no state or federal government support.
A south Queensland bid for the Olympics would involve Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, host of last year's Commonwealth Games.
However, Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has already said while his city would be happy to make its facilities available for the Olympics, it was reluctant to contribute funding.
Other potential bidders for 2032 are a joint proposal from South and North Korea, India, Indonesia, Berlin or North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany, Russia and Argentina.
Australia last staged the Olympics in Sydney in 2000.
The 2032 Olympics would traditionally be awarded in 2025, but under new bidding guidelines formalised last week, the games can now be awarded more or less than seven years in advance.Bach's meeting with Morrison came after the IOC president had addressed world leaders in Osaka where he spoke about the role of the Olympics as the only event that unites the whole world in peaceful competition.He said: “In a year from now, more than half of the world’s population will follow the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition. At the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the world will see athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team united.
“These 10,000 best athletes of the world are competitors in sport, but at the same time they are living peacefully together under one roof in the Olympic Village. At the Olympic Games, there is no discrimination; everyone respects the same rules; we are all equal. In this way, the Olympic athletes are sending an important message to the world: yes, it is possible to compete with each other, even for the highest prize, but to live together peacefully. In our fragile world we are living in today, such symbols of the unity of humanity in all our diversity give us hope for a better future.”