TOKYO — As the Summer Olympics stumbled to an unsteady begin on Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee took a giant step towards crystallizing its long-term future by voting to formally choose Brisbane, Australia, as host of the Summer Games in 2032.
Australia is now set to turn into a three-time Olympic host. It beforehand held the Games in Melbourne in 1956 and in Sydney in 2000.
The I.O.C. now has the subsequent three Summer Games mapped out: the 2024 Olympics will happen in Paris, whereas the 2028 Games might be in Los Angeles.
Brisbane was the primary metropolis to win a summer season bid beneath a brand new choice course of that was overhauled in 2019 to discourage the group from pitting cities towards each other in costly bidding wars.
The outdated bidding course of had turn into more and more untenable. Candidates continuously pulled out of rivalry after encountering native opposition. Corruption was a persistent challenge.
“This revolution of the bidding process is an essential part of our good governance reforms,” Thomas Bach, the president of the I.O.C., mentioned in an interview earlier than the Games. “With this new process, it’s much less prone to all this kind of lobbying and also corruption that obviously we saw in the past.”
The candidates that did make it via the outdated course of had been typically flawed.
For the 2022 Winter Games, for example, candidate cities from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland, amongst others, canceled their bids due to a scarcity of help at house. The final two bids remaining got here from Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan — two locations recognized for human rights points. Beijing received the vote and the I.O.C. has since been peppered with criticism from human rights activists.
As a part of the brand new course of put in two years in the past, the I.O.C. created two panels to overview potential cities and make suggestions to the group’s board.
The final choice of Brisbane, then, had felt all however assured since February, when the committee revealed town was its “preferred partner,” thus initiating discussions about closing particulars. The vote carried out by the I.O.C.’s membership on Wednesday was seen largely as a formality.
Despite its supposed advantages, the I.O.C.’s new method has raised some considerations. By deciding on a bunch metropolis in committees behind closed doorways, the group has opened itself to questions on conflicts of curiosity and a scarcity of transparency within the course of.
For instance, John Coates, the present president of the Australian Olympic Committee, can be an I.O.C. vp and an in depth ally of Bach. The I.O.C. has insisted that Coates, and anybody else who might have a battle of curiosity, was not concerned within the suggestion course of.
Cities in Germany, Qatar and Hungary, amongst others, additionally submitted bids for 2032. As a part of the brand new course of, these cities can speak with the I.O.C. about probably internet hosting an Olympics sooner or later.
Tariq Panja contributed reporting.