Brisbane has officially been named the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games following a vote by the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo.
It means Australia will become only the second country after the United States to host a Summer Games in three different cities.
Melbourne held the Games in 1956 and then Sydney in 2000.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Australian delegation provided a final presentation to IOC members before the vote on Wednesday, just days before the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games is set to formally get underway.
Brisbane’s bid was already considered as good as a done deal after it, and the state of Queensland, was installed as the preferred bidder for the event by the committee earlier this year.
Needing to secure half the votes of its members, Brisbane was preferred ahead of Budapest, Korea, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr Valley, which had all expressed an interest in hosting the Games.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the Tokyo event from Canberra and spoke of the Australian government’s financial commitment to the Games.
“We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia,” he said.
“We can draw confidence from Australia’s track record as delivering major sporting and global events that the Brisbane Games will be safe and secure.”
He also described Australia’s multicultural population, with 300 ethnicities, as a “giant Olympic village”.
Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates, who is also an IOC vice-president, dubbed Brisbane “the together Games” mixing modernity and the Olympics’ 136-year-old ideals.
Paris is set to stage the 2024 Games while Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 edition.
With AAP and Reuters.