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A win for our athletes, a win for the community’: Qld rejoices after 2032 Olympics decision

A huge Brisbane crowd erupted in cheers after it was announced the city had secured the 2032 Olympic Games. Thousands decked out in green and gold jumped as the announcement came through from the International Olympic Committee.

But the news came through delayed as the livestream switched to Tokyo showing the committee already celebrating.

As the crowd heard from Olympians as the announcement drew closer, it was realised Brisbane’s success had already been revealed.

But the mishap didn’t deter the crowd as thousands danced as fireworks lit up the city.

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said he knew Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk would do “a wonderful job” in securing the Games in Tokyo.

“We will look back on this moment and remember it as the start of a journey where Queensland began to rise up, where the Sunshine State rose,” he said.

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick vowed to deliver the best Olympics and Paralympics game for the world.

“It’s a win for our athletes, it’s a win for the community,” he said.

“This decision means more jobs, more tourists, more trade and more opportunities for Queensland business.

“Wherever you go in the world now, they will know of Queensland and the more they see of our state, the more they will love. So it’s a proud day for our state.”

Deputy mayor Krista Adams said the confirmation would mean growth in infrastructure across the south-east.

The Games would not only boost the economy, but also give something for children to look up to, Olympic boxer Brad Hore said.

“I think it’ll bring the community together…the best thing about Queensland is they really love their sport,” he said.

“It will be buzzing for that whole month.”

Several cities put their hand up for the Games, including in Indonesia, Qatar, India, Spain, China, Germany and Hungary.

The 2032 Games will be the third to be hosted in Australia, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Preparation for the Games started back in 2015 and the state government became involved in July 2019 when Ms Palaszczuk announced a cross-government taskforce would be established to prepare a detailed study and determine the overarching value proposition of hosting a 2032 Games.

A few months later, the Queensland Government announced it would pursue hosting the games, with support from all levels of government, as the state entered the official process for the candidature.

In April this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the Australian Government would provide the necessary support to host the Games and agreed to fund infrastructure on a 50/50 basis.

On Wednesday Queensland’s Infrastructure Association chief executive Priscilla Radice said the Games would be the catalyst needed to activate planning and delivery of the critical infrastruture the state needs.

“In turn, this will build business confidence, attract new investment, drive sound economic growth, enhance our global brand and bring more investors and visitors to the whole of Queensland,” she said.

The Games are expected to boost the devastated tourism industry, with Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind saying on Tuesday it would be a “welcome reminder there is a future”.

Cloe Read, Brisbane Times