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28 Jun 2023 – In their inaugural meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032, representatives from the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee provided an update on the progress of their preparations, while the IOC highlighted that they are the perfect partners for its optimisation efforts to define the future evolution of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The meeting was led by the IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Kirsty Coventry, and the President of the Brisbane 2032 Board, Andrew Liveris AO, from Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the rest of the Coordination Commission joining remotely.
Speaking about the meeting, Coventry said: “In this historic gathering, we acknowledged the remarkable journey we will take together. With nine years ahead, in partnership with Brisbane 2032, we are focused on the unique opportunity to embrace innovation and chart a path that redefines the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the next generation.
“The extensive groundwork already underway reflects our shared vision to bring about profound transformations in the lives of local communities through the power of the Games. We understand the intrinsic bond between Australia, Queensland and the spirit of sport. Brisbane 2032’s commitment to leveraging the Games as a catalyst for creating opportunities and broadening access to sport will have a transformative impact on communities.”
She continued: “Strategic conversations have already been taking place with the Organising Committee in the context of the IOC’s Games Optimisation Group. Today I will also chair the next meeting of this group. Brisbane 2032 are the perfect partners to combine this stream with that of Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and become the ideal projection of our optimisation efforts. Australians have always rallied behind the Games, and we have the privilege of carrying that flame forward, together.”
In addition, Brisbane 2032 President Liveris said: “Our aim for Brisbane 2032 is to drive success through collaboration, and we’re well underway with our planning to achieve this.
“Since the evolution of the Organising Committee in April 2022, our priority has been to build a solid foundation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In our initial phase, we have been focused on education, establishment and engagement – and I must thank every one of our Games Delivery Partners for supporting a united effort to see Brisbane shine on the world stage in the lead-up to and in 2032.
“We have spoken with over 1,100 stakeholders connected to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including athletes and Para athletes, the local community, First Nations people, the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), other Games Organising Committees, industry representatives and beyond.
“We surveyed more than 2,500 people on their perceptions of Brisbane and our brand, and more than 14,000 ideas and aspirations have been captured as part of Games legacy sessions. All of this research and these conversations are critical to defining our priorities for Brisbane 2032 and ensuring that we deliver an exceptional experience for athletes, communities, fans and lovers of sport, both in Australia and around the world.
“We have a lot to be proud of and a lot to do in the coming years as we continue to plan, assess and deliver a new standard for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, driven by Olympic Agenda 2020+5 – one that champions athleticism, diversity, inclusion, sustainability, economic benefits and social impact.”
The meeting focused on the success and progress of the past two years since the Olympic and Paralympic Games were awarded to Brisbane, with the Organising Committee highlighting a multitude of opportunities and optimism surrounding these Games.
The formation of a strong leadership team, extensive community engagement and the impressive strides made so far have demonstrated the establishment of a solid foundation. Despite these still being early days, together with Brisbane 2032 and its Games Delivery Partners, it has become clear that the shared vision to deliver a truly exceptional experience for athletes, communities and fans worldwide will be fundamental to progress over the coming years.
As part of their presentations, the Brisbane 2032 team delivered a “journey to date” video, which can be viewed here.
The Olympic Games Brisbane 2032 are scheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August, with the Paralympic Games to be held between 24 August and 5 September.