Australian bid puts IOC on fast track to host 2032 Olympic Games | Sports

Australian bid puts IOC on fast track to host 2032 Olympic Games |  Sports

GENEVA (AP) – Has the Australian city of Brisbane just been chosen as the host of the 2032 Olympics?

It looked like this on Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee named the bid focused on the coastal city of Queensland state as its preferred candidate.

The decision of the IOC Executive Board puts Brisbane on a fast track to victory 11 years ahead of the games and before several expected rival candidates have publicly developed their plans.

Officials from Brisbane, Queensland and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) will now begin a “focused dialogue” with an IOC panel overseeing a reformed bid process.

The IOC’s new bidding process, developed in part by Australia’s top Olympic official, seeks to find a winning host more efficiently and avoid turning other campaigns into costly losers.

The 2032 race was expected to include submissions from Doha, Qatar – which hosts the 2030 Asian Games – and Budapest, Hungary. Neither has made a formal offer yet, and Wednesday’s decision will likely be a deterrent for either to embark on the …

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