Brisbane, Australia Set to Be Named Host of 2032 Olympics; 1st Unopposed Selection

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 10, 2021

A man walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Monday, June 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

Brisbane, Australia, is set to be named the host city of the 2032 Summer Olympics next month.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Brisbane will become the first Olympic host city to ever be selected unopposed.

It was noted that Brisbane vying unopposed for the 2032 Summer Games became possible under a streamlined bidding system, as the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane a "preferred candidate."

Per the AP, IOC president Thomas Bach said Brisbane can be officially approved as the 2032 host city at a meeting on July 21, which is two days before the opening ceremony for the 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The Tokyo Olympics were originally supposed to take place last year, but they were pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to Brisbane, the next three Summer Olympics are scheduled to occur in Tokyo this year, Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.

Meanwhile the Winter Olympics are set for Beijing in 2022 and the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2026.

If Brisbane's bid gets accepted, it will mark the third time the Olympics have been held in Australia.

The first was in Melbourne in 1956, and the second was in Sydney in 2000.