Joint Chairs of the Federal Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic Movement in Australia, Bert van Manen, MP for Forde and Graham Perrett, MP for Moreton are delighted with the news that the IOC Executive Board has recommend the Brisbane proposal to host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to a vote of IOC members in Tokyo next month.
While recognising that the ultimate decision on the host city still rests with the future IOC Members Session, this is an exciting and highly positive step in the process.
“As Australia continues to recover from the effects of COVID, the Olympics provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure both economic benefits and health and well-being benefits to the entire community,” said Mr van Manen.
“I am delighted that the Federal government have committed to funding half of the cost of the infrastructure required for the games.
“This will provide much-needed resources to service South East Queensland – the fastest growing region in Australia – and will benefit many generations to come.”
Mr Perrett said, “Watching international athletes compete in our own backyard can encourage sporting participation at every level.”
“I especially look forward to the young girls and boys of today becoming the leaders of tomorrow after seeing the courage, collegiality and competitive spirit on show.
“The Games of the XXXV Olympiad can leave a legacy for Brisbane that may live on for many generations. The best in the world can inspire the best in all of us.”
If the bid is successful, the benefits for Queenslanders will be far wider than the sporting arena. Hosting the Olympics provides the catalyst for all levels of government to work together to support trade and tourism, create jobs and deliver significant opportunities for Queensland businesses.
The final decision on the host city will be made at the IOC Members Session in Tokyo in July where the recommendation will go to a vote.