Volleyball Australia welcomes Brisbane 2032 update
Water Polo Australia (WPA) has welcomed the news overnight that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will recommend the Brisbane proposal to host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to a vote of the IOC Members in Session in Tokyo next month.
Volleyball Australia President Craig Carracher said: “John Coates has delivered again and we can not underestimate the value of his longevity and enormous respect within the Olympic movement and the indelible mark he has left on Australian sport.”
Craig has served on the Australian Olympic Committee as volleyball’s first executive member on the Board of the AOC and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and the Board of the Australian Olympic Foundation since 2015.
“It is an honour to serve as a custodian of the Olympic movement in Australia and to work with John Coates on the Queensland negotiations, candidacy and continuing progress towards a decision in 21 July.”
AOC President John Coates, who recused himself from the decision-making process during last night’s Executive Board meeting and previous EB considerations of the Brisbane proposition, says Brisbane 2032 now faces final scrutiny from the IOC Members at the Session July 20-21 prior to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“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, the due diligence undertaken by the IOC’s Future Host Commission far exceeds 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.
“Since entering the Targeted Dialogue phase in February this year, we have presented the IOC’s Future Host Commission with detailed responses to their Questionnaire and held forums where we have addressed the issues, they have raised in relation to the Brisbane proposition,” Mr Coates said.
“We also presented to the current 33 International Federations of sports and disciplines on the Olympic program under their Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) umbrella.”
Mr Coates outlined the critical areas addressed in discussions since February;
- Vision and Legacy
- Games Master Plan and venues
- Games experience for Athletes and spectators
- The Economics of the Games
“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.
“Events would be hosted in facilities already existing, planned or upgraded. These planned and upgraded facilities will deliver long-lasting value to Queensland’s sporting and community legacy and will be in use before the Games.
“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.”
Mr Coates noted the independent economic assessment by KPMG, commissioned by the Queensland Government, has indicated that the Games will deliver a total benefit of $8.1 billion for Queensland, and $17.61 billion for Australia.
The report also found that the Games would create 91,600 Full Time Equivalent job years for Queensland and 122,900 Full Time Equivalent job years nationally.
“As we emerge from the economic setbacks of the COVID period, this is exactly the panacea Queensland and Australia needs. Economically, socially and for the health and wellbeing of the state and beyond.
“As the National Olympic Committee responsible for submitting the candidature, the AOC is excited about the potential for a Brisbane 2032 Games to inspire participation in sport for a generation of children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” Mr Coates concluded.