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2032 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XXXV Olympiad
Interim emblem for election as host city.
Host cityBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Opening23 July 2032
Closing8 August 2032
2032 Summer Paralympics

The 2032 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad and also known as Brisbane 2032, is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to take place between 23 July to 8 August 2032, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[1]

Following changes in the bidding rules, the International Olympic Committee selected and announced Brisbane as the winning bid on 21 July 2021, two days before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[2] Brisbane was first announced as the preferred bid on 24 February 2021, gaining the formal approval of the IOC Executive Board on 10 June 2021.[3][4][5] Brisbane became the first host city to be selected to host the Olympics through the new bid process.[1]

It will be the third Summer Games to be held in Australia after the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, New South Wales.[6] It will also be the fourth Summer Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, after the aforementioned games in Australia and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. This will also be the second Summer Games to be held entirely in a host country's meteorological winter, after Rio.

Bidding process[edit]

The new IOC bidding process was approved at the 134th IOC Session on 24 June 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.[7] The key proposals, driven by the relevant recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020, are:

  • Establish a permanent, ongoing dialogue to explore and create interest among cities/regions/countries and National Olympic Committees for any Olympic event
  • Create two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter Games) to oversee interest in future Olympic events and report to the IOC executive board
  • Give the IOC Session more influence by having non-executive board members form part of the Future Host Commissions.[8][7]

The IOC also modified the Olympic Charter to increase its flexibility by removing the date of election from 7 years before the games and changing the host from a single city/region/country to multiple cities, regions, or countries.

The change in the bidding process was criticised by members of the German bid as "incomprehensible" and hard to surpass "in terms of non-transparency".[9]

Future Host Summer Commissions[edit]

The full composition of the Summer Commissions, oversee interested hosts, or with potential hosts where the IOC may want to create interest, is as follows:[10]

Future Host Summer Commissions for 2032 Summer Olympics
IOC members (6) Other members (4)

Dialogue stages[edit]

According to Future Host Commission terms of reference with rules of conduct, the new IOC bidding system is divided into two dialogue stages:[11]

  • Continuous Dialogue: Non-committal discussions between the IOC and Interested Parties (City/Region/Country/NOC interested in hosting) concerning hosting future Olympic events.
  • Targeted Dialogue: Targeted discussions with one or more Interested Parties (called Preferred Host(s)), as instructed by the IOC Executive Board. This follows a recommendation by the Future Host Commission as a result of Continuous Dialogue.

Host selection[edit]

Brisbane was confirmed as host of the 2032 Summer Olympics at the 138th IOC Session on 21 July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.[12] As per the new format of choosing future Olympic Games host cities from the IOC's Agenda 2020, the vote was in a form of a referendum to the 80 IOC delegates. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 72 of the delegates voted "Yes", 5 voted "No" and 3 other voters abstained.[13]

2032 Summer Olympics host city election
City NOC name Yes No Abs
Brisbane  Australia 72 5 3


Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games was established by the Queensland Government in 2021 to plan, organise and deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games in accordance with the host contract.[14]

Development and preparations[edit]

From the 2021 selection of the city as the host for the 2032 Summer Olympics, Brisbane has 11 years to prepare for the games. The Brisbane bid relied on the premise that over 80 percent of the venues needed to host the games were already existing infrastructure. A 2019 feasibility study suggested that over A$900 million would be needed from both state and federal funding to host the games. The bid received federal government support in 2019.[citation needed]

Venue construction and renovations[edit]

A new 17–18,000-seat arena known as Brisbane Live is planned to be constructed at Roma Street Parkland; it was slated to host aquatics events.[15][16]

A billion-dollar reconstruction of the Gabba was planned to serve as the main stadium for ceremonies and athletics, expanding it to 50,000 seats and adding a new pedestrian plaza.[17] The costs of the Gabba project were scrutinized by politicians; special envoy for Brisbane 2032 Ted O'Brien argued that it was announced without consultation, and contradicted a "proposition to the International Olympic Committee about the 'new norms'; no big, new, flashy, glossy investments".[18][19] In February 2023, the Queensland state and federal government reached an agreement on funding for the Gabba and Brisbane Live projects, revealing that the cost of the Gabba project had increased to $2.7 billion, which would be paid entirely by the state.[20]

Scrutiny over the Gabba project grew after Victoria withdrew its hosting of the 2026 Commonwealth Games due to cost concerns;[21] in December 2023, after Queensland announced plans to build a $137 million stadium at the Brisbane Showgrounds to host the Gabba's tenants during the reconstruction, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner withdrew his support for the project. He argued that Brisbane 2032 had "become more about overpriced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions",[22][23] and that "the state government's ham-fisted and foolish attempt to extort Brisbane ratepayers for tens of millions of dollars for a new RNA stadium was the final straw."[23]

On 13 December 2023, new Premier of Queensland Steven Miles announced the establishment of a Brisbane 2032 infrastructure authority, and an independent review of the Games' venue plans.[24][25] On 18 March 2024, Miles announced that the Gabba reconstruction had been scrapped as a result, and that Lang Park (which is already scheduled to host rugby sevens and football) and Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre would host ceremonies and athletics instead. Both venues, as well as the Gabba, will be refurbished. Brisbane Live was also relocated to the Roma Street Parkland, rather than above the Roma Street railway station. While the review recommended the construction of a new stadium at Victoria Park, Miles stated he wanted Brisbane 2032 to be a "low-cost" games, and that he could not justify a $3.4 billion stadium "when Queenslanders are struggling with housing and other costs".[15]


Trains on the Queensland Rail city network in 2018

As of 2021, Brisbane has many infrastructure projects under construction or planning on top of the games. The Cross River Rail, scheduled to be completed in 2024, is an underground railway project through central Brisbane, which is under construction. Cross River Rail will see the development of a new rail line underneath Brisbane River, and the redevelopment of several stations in the Brisbane central business district with a cost of over A$6 billion.[26] Other transport infrastructure projects include the Brisbane Metro bus rapid transit project that comprises two routes with a headway of up to five minutes during peak times.[27] The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2024.[28]

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner proposed that a 7-hectare (17-acre) glass factory at 137 Montague Rd, South Brisbane, be redeveloped into a 57,000 m2 (613,500 sq ft) International Broadcasting Centre along the banks of the Brisbane River.[29][30]

The main Athletes' Village will be constructed at Hamilton.[31]


Venues will be located in three zones in South East Queensland: Brisbane as the main host city, and neighbouring areas Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Another five cities will host football preliminaries: Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville in the state of Queensland. Melbourne and Sydney — Australia's two previous host cities in 1956 and 2000, respectively—will also host football preliminaries.

The majority of the venues for the Games are existing or are planned to undergo refurbishment, including Lang Park (which will serve as ceremonies venue, and host football and rugby sevens) and Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre.[15]

The Games[edit]


The program of the Summer Olympics consists of mandatory "core" sports that persist between Games and up to six optional sports: optional sports are proposed by the organizing committee in order to improve local interest,[32][33] provided that the total number of participants does not exceed 10,500 athletes.

Various sanctioning bodies have announced plans to pursue bids for sports to be added to the 2032 Summer Olympics:


Domestically, the Games will be televised by the Nine Network, which acquired the rights to the Olympics from 2024 through 2032 in a deal announced on 8 February 2023.[48][49] These Games mark the final year of nearly all of the IOC's current long-term broadcasting contracts.

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