The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed Brisbane has secured the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The decision was announced ahead of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games and is fantastic news for Australian athletes and the community. Congratulations Brisbane on the monumental achievement of being selected to host the Games!
NSW Minister for Sport Natalie Ward MLC said the announcement would also provide exciting opportunities for the NSW community.
“As we know here in New South Wales, there’s nothing like hosting an Olympics and Paralympics on home soil,” Mrs Ward said.
“The 2032 Games in Brisbane provides exceptional opportunities for NSW including hosting team training camps, hosting qualifying events, related tournaments, business events and trade and tourism opportunities.
“The NSW Government looks forward to working with the Queensland Government to deliver a successful Games in 2032.”
Since 1996, the NSW Government has helped support athletes win a total of 254 Olympic and Paralympic medals at the summer Games through its lead agency for high performance sport, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS).
NSWIS Acting Chief Executive and Olympic silver medallist Kirsten Thomson said NSWIS was ready for the challenge of a home Games and welcomed the opportunity to develop a long-term plan for Olympic and Paralympic sport in NSW to ensure the appropriate pathways were in place for a successful Games in 2032.
“We are committed to providing an effective pathway and support for today’s young talent to ensure NSW athletes will make a significant contribution to Australia’s success in 2032,” Ms Thomson said.
“Preparation for a generation of athletes to compete at the Games starts now and we look forward to working with our high performance sporting system partners and the NSW Government to ensure our athletes have the resources, facilities and support they need to reach their potential.”
NSWIS will work with the NSW Government, the Office of Sport and high performance system partners including the Australian Olympic Committee, the AIS, Paralympics Australia, Regional Academies of Sport and National Sporting Organisations to prepare a future-focused plan.
The $150 million Centres of Excellence Fund announced by the NSW Government provides an important opportunity to improve the daily training environments for young people who wish to pursue a career in Olympic and Paralympic sport across NSW.
NSWIS will also continue to work with the Office of Sport to support the Future Champions Program to ensure talented athletes are identified and supported as they transition into the high performance system.
The news will come as a major boost for Australian athletes as they start their Tokyo Olympic campaign, with the opening ceremony taking place on Friday 23rd July.