During the health crisis, current affairs continue. As always, the Olympic Committee took advantage of the Games to bring together almost all of its members and vote on the decisions prepared by the Executive Board, the real government of Olympism.
After choosing a new vice-president, former swimmer Nicole Hoevertsz, adopted the principle of ski mountaineering entering the Milan Winter Games in 2026 and listened to the progress report from Tony Estanguet, patron of the Games of 2024, the members elected the city which will succeed Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles to host the flame in 2032. All without the famous ceremony of the opening of the envelopes, the shouts of joy from the winner, and the mine defeats of the or losers, since the result was decided in advance.
The deadly risk of the absence of candidates
Can we indeed speak of an election when there is only one candidate? The city of Brisbane was the only one in contention after sites which had been suspected for a while did not withdraw their stake, at the request of the IOC, which completely changed its method of attribution.
London’s 2012 triumph was followed in 2013 by a long and costly campaign by the three candidates for 2020, Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, which left a lot of bitterness behind. This episode dissuaded a lot of candidates from taking the plunge, especially for the Winter Games. In addition, faced with public opinions increasingly hostile to the expenses necessary for a fortnightly sports festival, many cities have preferred to withdraw their marbles: Rome, Budapest for the summer version, Sion or Saint-Moritz for the winter. .
Former fencer and lawyer Thomas Bach, who has chaired the IOC since 2013, understood the fatal risk for Olympism of no longer finding a host city. He therefore set up a system requiring that around 80 to 90% of sports facilities be in place before submitting a case. This is the case for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 and soon for Brisbane.
The IOC also reserves the right to enter into so-called exclusive negotiations with whomever it sees fit. Thus, three sites that have expressed Olympic ambitions in recent years – New Delhi, Qatar City and Seoul (which raises the hypothetical hope of a joint candidacy with its northern neighbor Pyongyang) – were asked to wait for their tower.
A 3e flame for australia
Masterfully piloted by influential Australian IOC Vice-President John Coates, and freed from competition, Brisbane had been on a flying carpet for months. In June, Thomas Bach had praised the project ” irresistible “ from the capital of Queensland and “Love” Australians for “Their sports and their athletes”.
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This will be the third time that the Big South Island has hosted the flame, which it ignited in 1956 (Melbourne) and 2000 (Sydney). As allowed by the new Olympic regulations, the city of 2 million inhabitants applied with the collaboration of a territory, in this case the State of Queensland, which gives an additional financial base for the Games supposed to be ultimately cost as little as possible.
The Queensland region, which occupies the northwest quarter of Australia, is counting on these Games to achieve the international notoriety it lacks. “Everywhere I’ve traveled people ask me where is Brisbane and you have to pull out a map to show them it’s an hour from Sydney by plane”Queensland Olympic Council President Natalie Cook told AFP, adding: “It’s going to change, and that’s very exciting. “
His dossier provides for a budget of 4.5 billion Australian dollars (2.8 billion euros), much lower than the 13 billion euros spent for the Tokyo Olympics, designed at a time when we were not yet looking at Olympic spending.