The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), led by its President and Athletes’ Council Chairperson, has congratulated Brisbane 2032 after they were awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 138th IOC Session in Tokyo, Japan.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) named Brisbane as the host city on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “Brisbane 2032 presented arguably the most integrated Olympic and Paralympic bid we have ever seen, underlining their commitment to staging spectacular and sustainable Paralympic Games in 11 years’ time.
“My congratulations go to the whole team behind the candidacy, especially Paralympics Australia who played an integral role in ensuring far greater Paralympic presence than ever before in the final bid, including joint Olympic and Paralympic branding for the first time.
“Brisbane 2032’s vision excites me greatly as there is clear desire for the Games to be successful beyond sport and to make a real difference in Australia and beyond. The Games aim to be a catalyst to drive social inclusion, aligning nicely with the Sustainable Development Goals and the host region’s long-term accessible tourism strategy. There is also an ambition for the Games to foster greater sport participation, advance physical and mental health and facilitate greater employment opportunities.
“With many venues already existing and planned to stage both Olympic and Paralympic events, Brisbane 2032 has worked really hard to drive efficiencies and sustainability, a key feature of this process.
“The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games are a tremendous landmark in the history of the Paralympic Movement and looking at what Brisbane 2032 is proposing and its ambitions for capacity crowds, I am fully confident Australia’s second Paralympic Games will be equally as historic.”
Chelsey Gotell, IPC Athletes’ Council Chairperson, said: “My congratulations go to Brisbane 2032 on being awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“As an athlete who competed at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, I can tell you first-hand just how phenomenal those Games were, they changed my life forever in so many ways. With news that the Games are heading back to Australia, I am sure many existing athletes are already looking at how long they can extend their careers with four stunning Games in Tokyo, Paris, LA and now Brisbane all on the horizon.
“Confirming Brisbane just ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will also inspire the next generation of athletes. Youngsters watching the upcoming Games quite easily could be gold medal contenders in 11 years’ time which is greatly exciting.
“From an athlete viewpoint, Brisbane’s proposed tight cluster of venues will create a wonderful atmosphere, while I am already jealous of those athletes who are likely to stay in the proposed satellite village on the Sunshine Coast.”