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Queensland Continues 2032 Olympic Games Bid Process

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he Queensland Government, along with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) have confirmed work has continued on the planning of South-East Queensland’s potential 2032 Olympic Games bid.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said she had a constructive meeting with AOC president, John Coates, discussing the ‘Olympic Taskforce’.

“We’ve had once again a really positive discussion about the possibility of a future Olympics here in Queensland for 2032,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“Today was very significant in that we were able to discuss getting our Olympic taskforce, our working group, back together in the New Year to look at the next stages that we have to go through,” she said.

This confirmation comes just weeks after Coates, who is also the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, visited Tokyo with IOC president, Thomas Bach, to view the latest progressions in the planning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.

Coates said future Games bids are talking points for upcoming IOC executive board meetings.

“[Brisbane and] the IOC are in what is called ‘continuous dialogue’, but so are four or five other cities,” Coates said.

“The IOC is meeting each night this week and usually at our executive board meetings, the question of future bids is on the agenda.

“I think with COVID under control in this country, largely, it is time for everyone to reaffirm their commitment to these Games and I think that’s going to be very well received,” he said.

South East Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympic Games is currently challenged by Germany, India, South Korea, Turkey, Indonesia, Qatar, and also China, with Chengdu-Chongqing recently expressing its interest in hosting the event.

With current political tensions between Australia and China, it is reported China expressed its interest directly after Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, joined Coates and Bach during their Tokyo visit, where Morrison reportedly invited Coates and Bach to a private meeting.