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Queensland government commits to 2032 Olympic bid, establishes taskforce

The Australian state of Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has edged closer to fruition with the announcement that the regional government will establish a taskforce, led by Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, to carry out a value proposition study.

Palaszczuk confirmed that her government will match the federal government’s AUD$10m ($7.4m) commitment to carry out a detailed study of precisely what a Queensland Olympic Games would look like.

Earlier feasibility studies had been carried out by city authorities in the state capital Brisbane and nearby Gold Coast, as well as the Queensland Olympic Council, but this marks the first occasion on which Palaszczuk and the Queensland government have signalled their commitment to the potential bid.

The proposal is likely to be focused around the state capital of Brisbane – indeed, it started life as a Brisbane bid before expanding – but will utilise venues and facilities across Queensland. Earlier this year, the Australian Olympic Committee’s chief executive Matt Carroll urged the local authorities to expand beyond the Brisbane and Gold Coast region, telling SportBusiness Professional that Palaszczuk “should be talking about a Queensland bid, not a Brisbane bid”.

The following month, the International Olympic Committee approved changes to its charter to allow regional bids and joint-city projects in an effort to reduce the strain on Olympic hosts. Those efforts were overseen by John Coates, president of the AOC and vice-president of the IOC.

The new feasibility study will be carried out by a cross-government taskforce chaired by Palaszczuk, and will assess the current venue and transport infrastructure as well as the economic viability and impact of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics, and determine the funding sources from across federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector.

With over 1,000 miles separating Gold Coast in the south of the state from Cairns in the north, one of the other venues proposed, transport infrastructure will be one of the major areas of concern.

Yesterday, SportBusiness Professional reported that the AOC had become the first national Olympic committee to relax its regulations around Rule 40, the IOC’s ruling which prevents athletes carrying out personal endorsements during the Olympic Games.

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