Australia’s Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2032 Summer Games to Brisbane, Australia, after designating the city earlier this year as the sole contender.

Brisbane, about 450 miles north of Sydney, will become the third Australian city to host the Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

It is the first Olympic host to be selected under a new system that removes competitive bidding, a shift designed to reduce campaign costs and potential vote-buying.

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland state and has targeted sports events as a way to give it a bigger global profile after being overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne. The city, which has a population of 2.56 million, hosted the Commonwealth Games three years ago. The IOC said that gave it confidence Brisbane had the transport infrastructure to host the Olympics.

The Games are tentatively set for July 23 to Aug. 8, 2032, the same dates on the calendar as this year’s Tokyo Olympics, which begin Friday.