Jul 21, 2021 - Sports

Olympics to return to Australia as Brisbane named host of 2032 Games

Thomas Bach holding Brisbane 2032 sign
IOC president Thomas Bach announcing Brisbane as the host of the 2032 Olympics. Photo: Toru Hanai/Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2032 Olympics to Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday, capping a new one-city selection process meant to minimize costly bidding wars between countries.

Why it matters: It will be the third time that Australia hosts the Olympics, following the popular 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne.

The big picture: The IOC has now chosen the sites for five of the six next Summer and Winter Olympics:

  • 2022 Winter: Beijing
  • 2024 Summer: Paris
  • 2026 Winter: Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2028 Summer: Los Angeles
  • 2030 Winter: To be announced
  • 2032 Summer: Brisbane

Between the lines: Brisbane was the first city to be named Olympic host in a new streamlined selection process, through which the IOC named the Australian city as the preferred candidate without a formal opponent. The 138th IOC Session on Wednesday served as a rubber stamp of the recommendation.

Driving the news: The announcement was made as the embattled 2020 Tokyo Olympics officially began on Wednesday with softball and women's soccer, two days before the opening ceremony.

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