In a matter of hours, Brisbane will find out if it’s been successful in its bid to be the host city of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games.
If the Queensland capital gets the backing of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it’ll be the third time an Australian city has hosted an Olympic Games after Melbourne in 1956 and, of course, Sydney in 2000.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is in Tokyo for the final pitch, which will be delivered in front of the IOC later today.
Here’s everything you need to know about the announcement.
Who else is bidding for the 2032 Olympics?
After years of discussions and negotiations, in February the IOC named Brisbane as its preferred bidder.
Cities in India, Indonesia, Qatar, Spain and a region of Germany signalled their interest but their bids did not advance to the IOC board approval stage.
For this reason, Brisbane is expected to be awarded hosting rights unopposed.
When will we find out?
Members of the IOC will listen to a 45-minute pitch from Australian officials, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison via video link, and from Ms Palaszczuk, in person.
After the pitch, delegates will vote between 6:10pm and 6:30pm AEST before the announcement is expected to be delivered at 6:30pm.
This is when you can tune in to hear if Brisbane has secured the 2032 Games.
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ABC News Channel will have updates throughout the evening and broadcast And The winner Is special from 8:00pm AEST.
Where can I go and watch the Olympic bid announcement?
There’ll be several live sites set-up across Brisbane and other Queensland regions.
Here are the venues:
- South Bank, Brisbane
- King George Square, Brisbane
- Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
- Beenleigh Town Square, Logan
- Walton Stores, Toowoomba
- Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Sunshine Coast
- Kurrawa Beach, Gold Coast
South Bank will be the best place to watch the announcement on the big screen, with live entertainment to start from 4:00pm.
The announcement will include performances from Busby Marou and Jon Stevens, as well as interviews with Olympians and Paralympians.
Who’s in Tokyo for the pitch?
Ms Palaszczuk arrived in the Japanese capital city on Monday, along with Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck.
The Premier has said she will be going into hotel quarantine on her return from Japan.
The Prime Minister did not travel to Tokyo for the bid, after recently completing two weeks of quarantine at The Lodge following his trip to the UK for the G7 Summit.
How will Brisbane celebrate the win?
Spectators should wait to hear the Olympic president Thomas Bach read those famous words, “And the winner is…”.
If Brisbane is crowned the successful host, the river city’s skyline will come alive with a fireworks display.
Tourism and Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the green and gold colours will be splashed across the city.
“And we have a few surprises up our sleeve – including a Queensland remake of a classic rock song that we hope will become synonymous with the potential 2032 Games [in Brisbane],” Mr Hinchliffe said.