‘A win for Oceania’
24 July, 2021, 3:20 pm
The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) has congratulated the city of Brisbane, the Queensland government, the government of Australia, and the Australian Olympic Commit- tee (AOC) for winning the bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, the 33rd Olympiad.
In a press statement, ONOC president and re-elected Inter- national Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member Dr Robin Mitchell said Brisbane 2032 is a great win for Oceania.
Dr Mitchell said in many a win for Australia in the Olympic Movement was a win for Oceania, especially with its small island developing states (SIDS). “This will be the third Summer Olympic Games that Australia will be hosting,” he said. “It has hosted the Summer Games in Melbourne in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Now with Brisbane winning the right to host the Games in 2032, it makes it Australia’s third, making it the only country to achieve this unique feat.” Dr Mitchell said the Sydney 2000 Games made an impact in Oceania which led to the channelling of resources and support to small Pacifi c Island countries. “This led to the rapid growth of many national olympic Committees (NOC) and to the sport- ing movement in general,” he said.
“The Sydney Games were a change in that indigenous cul- ture was recognised and visibly included in the design and offer- ing of the Games. It was a true cultural event. “It was also the Games that allowed many athletes from Oceania to attend and we hope to repeat this feat in 2032.” With the successful bid, Dr Mitchell expects the AOC to continue extending its hand of friendship to Oceania in taking part in the ONOC Shared Services Programme where all NOCs pool resources for the duration of the Olympic Games, sharing in the communal sharing and co- operation.
“This is also extended through the support Australia provides for sport in the Pacifi c islands region through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-supported program Team Up which innovatively uses sport to address health, disability and other social development issues,” he said.
Dr Mitchell stated that recently the Australian government through its DFAT assisted in the preparation and pre-games training for Oceania athletes to Tokyo through its Pacifc Australia Sports Partnership Programme.
Dr Mitchell said winning the 2023 hosting rights was a huge achievement for Australia and everyone in Oceania were very pleased to have one of their members bring the Games home.