IOC President Thomas Bach announced at a news conference Wednesday that the Olympic governing body will enter a “targeted dialogue” with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) over their potential to host the 2032 Games.
IOC President Bach said that the decision to advance the process for the selection of the 2032 Games had been made “given the uncertainty the world is facing right now.”
“This uncertainty is expected to continue even after the Covid-19 health crisis is over,” the IOC said in a statement Wednesday. “The IOC is considering seizing the momentum offered by the excellent project of Brisbane 2032 and the AOC, in this way, bringing stability to the Olympic Games, the athletes, the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement.”
Brisbane, a city of around 2.5 million people on Australia’s east coast, hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games and several matches of the 1992 Cricket World Cup and 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Australia has previously held the Summer Olympics twice; in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Susan Brownell, an Olympics expert and professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-St Louis, said that the new system of selecting a host city had been put in place to try to avoid repeated, expensive bids for the Games from unsuccessful cities and an unpredictable final voting process.
“All of this seems to indicate that Brisbane will win the bid unless something unexpected happens, or the IOC Session suddenly rises up and resists. If Brisbane is not chosen, it will still be under consideration for future games,” she said.
CNN’s Carol Yuan contributed to this article.