Paddle Australia welcomes news of Date with Destiny for Brisbane 2032

Racing at the 2019 National Championships , Lake Karapiro, Cambridge. Saturday 15 February 2019 © Copyright photo Steve McArthur / www.photosport.nz

Paddle Australia has welcomed the news overnight , that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to propose Brisbane 2032 to the upcoming IOC session, as host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad.

The decision followed a recommendation by the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad. The IOC Members will vote at the 138th Session in Tokyo on 21 July 2021.

The unanimous decision by the Executive Board is a credit to the years of work carried out by Brisbane 2032, the Australian Olympic Committee, and their partners, to test every aspect of the project.

AOC President John Coates, who recused himself from the decision-making process during last night’s Executive Board meeting, says Brisbane 2032 now faces final scrutiny from the IOC Members.

“Since being awarded Targeted Dialogue status, we have seen many months of hard work and cooperation between three levels of government, to get Brisbane 2032 before the IOC Members who make the ultimate decision next month.

“Frankly, due diligence undertaken by the IOC’s Future Host Commission far exceed that to which we were subject with our candidacy for Sydney 2000.

“But it is the Members we have to convince of the merits of our ambition to host the Summer Olympic Games for the third time. We have our date with destiny.

“Australia is a sports-loving nation with an excellent track record in delivering major international events. Importantly, the Brisbane proposal is fully compliant with the IOC’s New Norm agenda to make hosting the Olympic Games affordable and to deliver long lasting value to the communities which host them.

“Most importantly for Queensland and Australia, the Games will super-charge the sporting environment which is so critical for the health and wellbeing of future generations,” he said.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Sport is seen by many governments around the world as essential to the long-term development of their countries and regions. The Brisbane 2032 Olympic project shows how forward-thinking leaders recognise the power of sport as a way to achieve lasting legacies for their communities.”