The world's top athletes will head down under for the 2032 Summer Olympics, as the Games will take place in Brisbane, Australia. International Olympic Committee members voted Brisbane and the surrounding southeast Queensland region in, with a 72-5 vote, from Tokyo on Wednesday.
"The Brisbane 2032 vision and Games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, and complement the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5, while focusing on providing memorable sports experiences for athletes and fans," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. "Today's vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032."
Brisbane 2032 is the IOC's first selection under its new election approach. In this approach, the IOC partners with cities, regions and countries to determine which have enough existing and temporary venues to host the games. The IOC also evaluates the potential hosts' long-term development plans and visions for sports and local communities.
To illustrate the IOC's new community-friendly election approach, its release claims Brisbane 2032's Olympic budget is nearly 80 percent lower than Tokyo's for 2020, Paris' for 2024 and Los Angeles' for 2028.
The 2032 Olympics, which will use 37 venues in the Brisbane and southeast Queensland region, are scheduled to run July 23-August 8 with the Paralympics following just behind on August 24-September 5.
The 2032 Summer Games will be Brisbane's first, though Australia has previously hosted two Games: Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is happy his country earned a third.
"I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this win for our country," Morrison said. "The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane's candidacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games right from the very start. We believe in this bid. We know it's a huge opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000."
The 2020 Olympics begin Friday in Tokyo and are slated to run through August 8.