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Brisbane one step closer to hosting 2032 Olympic Games after unanimous vote

Brisbane is one step closer to securing the rights to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) executive board voted unanimously on Thursday to back the Queensland capital as the preferred city to host the sporting event.

The final step of the process is for IOC members to vote to cement the Brisbane Games ahead of the Tokyo Olympics next month.

“It is in the hands of IOC members to vote now on July 21,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

“This commission looked in depth in all aspects of Brisbane 2032 … as well as the strong support across the entire political spectrum in Australia.”

If Brisbane is elected, it would become the third Australian city after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000 to host the summer Olympics.

Other cities and countries that had publicly expressed an interest in hosting the 2032 Games included Budapest, China, Doha and Indonesia.

It comes after the federal and Queensland governments agreed to set up a jointly owned, funded and run Olympic Infrastructure Agency to plan and execute the Games.

The Gabba will undergo a major revamp if Queensland is successful in its bid. Credit: Supplied

Under plans released by the Queensland government, the Gabba will get a $1 billion facelift to act as the main stadium for the Games.

The iconic sporting ground will have its capacity increased to 50,000 and a new pedestrian plaza built to link it to the new Cross River Rail station.

Other sporting events could be based across the Sunshine State, using infrastructure already in place following the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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