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New stadium on horizon for Brisbane Olympics

A new stadium could be built in Queensland after the Australian city of Brisbane was chosen as the preferred bidder for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach confirmed that the IOC’s Executive Board had endorsed the Australian bid.

If the Queensland bid succeeds there would be 14 venues used in Brisbane for sports like swimming, equestrian and cycling, with a possible new stadium for athletics.

There would also be six venues on the Gold Coast for volleyball, golf and weightlifting, while the Sunshine Coast would stage marathon and kiteboarding.

Soccer matches would be played in Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba.

Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, was used to host the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said:

There is the option of one new big venue in terms of where we would have the opening ceremony … but we may use Carrara as well.

Bach said:

The commitment of Australia and Oceania to Olympic sports has grown remarkably since the fantastic Olympic Games Sydney 2000. This is why we see such strong public support. We decided to seize an opportunity to take to the next stage our discussions about returning 32 years later. In this way, we are also acknowledging the strength of the Australian team and other athletes from across the continent of Oceania at the Olympic Games over the past decades.

Brisbane was among a number of cities including Doha, Budapest, St Petersburg, Istanbul, Jakarta, New Delhi and the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Chongqing, that had expressed an interest in hosting the Games.

Brisbane will now enter into exclusive talks with the IOC via its Future Host Summer Commission.