Queensland Cabinet has signed off the plan for the State’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed that the Cabinet had “given the green light to go to the next level for an Olympics in Queensland in 2032”.
“First of all it is pride in our State. It tells the rest of the world we’re firmly on the map, but also too the legacy benefits it would give generations to come,” she said. “We do have the capability to do this if we get everything right.”
Even as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already given his tentative approval to the Queensland bid earlier this year, a formal stamping from the national Government will be the last formality to be completed for Queensland to proceed with the bid.
Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic Committee has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision. Commending the decision by Cabinet, AOC President John Coates AC said sport in Queensland and Australia more broadly will be super-charged if Queensland was to host the Games.
“Sport unites us and inspires us. We have a lot of work to do from here, but it’s hard not to be excited about the benefits that will flow over many decades if Queensland was successful,” said Coates. “This is not about a few weeks of sport. It’s about a decade of opportunity for sport, the community and the economy, leading into the Games – and for decades after. But now we have to focus on ensuring Queensland mounts a compelling case.
“Quite rightly, this was not a decision to be taken in haste. However, we now have the Federal Government, the Queensland Government, the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (COMSEQ) and the AOC joined at the hip to take a Queensland candidature forward.
“We know the business community recognises the economic benefits that will flow, but it is vitally important that the community is kept fully informed.
“Critical to that, is an understanding that hosting an Olympic Games these days is a very different beast. The days of the white elephant are gone thanks to sweeping changes made by the International Olympic Committee.”
Coates said he looked forward to this week’s meeting of the Olympic Candidature Leadership Group (OCLG) to work through governance arrangements and the next necessary steps in compiling a Candidature File which would be presented to the International Olympic Committee before the Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2020.