Brisbane's Olympic Games push heats up

AOC president John Coates has addressed state cabinet on Queensland's bid to host the 2032 Olympics.
AOC president John Coates has addressed state cabinet on Queensland's bid to host the 2032 Olympics.

High-level talks are ramping up to seal Brisbane's ambitions to host the 2032 Olympics, the premier says.

The International Olympics Committee named Brisbane as its preferred host city in February, but a final decision rests on detailed discussions with Games chiefs, and key commitments from the federal government.

Australian Olympics Committee president John Coates addressed state cabinet on Monday, where members formally endorsed Brisbane's candidacy.

"This is still contingent on guarantees that need to be received from the federal government," Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

She said she'd already had a long discussion with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and there would be extensive talks over the coming weeks.

"We are basically doing years and months of work in a very short time frame to meet the deadlines the IOC has set us," she said.

But she said the state needed the boost the Games would bring, including 130,000 jobs.

"It gives us hope, after going through the pandemic. It gives us hope for the future."

The prime minister is expected to have more to say on the Olympic plans on Tuesday.

Last month, Mr Morrison told the IOC all levels of the Australian government are firmly behind Brisbane to host the Games, promising the nation would be "a certain partner in uncertain times".

But Brisbane is not without rivals. Earlier this month, South Korea said Seoul had submitted a proposal to host the 2032 games, despite Brisbane's frontrunner status.

Australian Associated Press