The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced today that Brisbane will host the 2032 games.
They were the only city to bid for 2032 but it was still a decision that brought immense joy to Australia and the city.
The country will host the event for the third time in their history having already hosted the games in 2000 at Sydney and in 1956 at Melbourne, and it will start on the July 23 and end on the August 8.
Australian Olympic Committee president and IOC vice-president John Coates said: “This is a very proud day for Australia, make no mistake. I thank the IOC members for their confidence.
“Brisbane 2032 is genuinely committed to serving the ideals of the Olympic movement.
“The Olympic Games in Brisbane will be in the most diligent, grateful and enthusiastic hands. I make this commitment to the athletes of the world – we will provide you with an unforgettable experience.”
It is certainly the case of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ for Brisbane having previously been unsuccessful in their bid to host the games in 1992.
Home soil will certainly be an advantage for the hosts having secured high rankings in both occasions when the games were held in Melbourne and Sydney.
During the 1956 games, the country finished in an impressive third place in the overall rankings whilst securing 35 medals in the process including 13 golds.
In 2000, they comfortably surpassed that total and secured 58 honours which included 16 golds as they finished in fourth behind the United States of America, Russia and China.
Australia will also host the Paralympics. The second time the country has done so.
The next two Olympic and Paralympic games will be hosted by Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.