Brisbane has won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2032, becoming the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne and Sydney.
International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, confirmed the widely expected result after a vote at the IOC session in Tokyo.
“The International Olympic Committee has the honour to announce that the Games of the 35th Olympiad are awarded to Brisbane, Australia,” Bach said.
The announcement was greeted by cheers from the Brisbane delegates in Tokyo, while fireworks lit up the skies above the Australian city thousands of miles away.
“It’s a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the entire country,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is fitting recognition for Brisbane’s standing across our region and the world,” he added.
The 80 IOC delegates in Tokyo voted 72 to 5 in favour of Brisbane, with three abstentions.
Brisbane’s experience in handling major events, a high percentage of existing venues and favourable weather were among the attributes that helped convince the IOC to award the city the Games.