IOC Coordination Commission praises Brisbane 2032. GETTY IMAGES

The IOC Coordination Commission has praised the solid foundations being laid for an impressive Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Coordination Commission praised the significant progress made by the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee at its second annual meeting. The meeting highlighted the solid foundations, exceptional quality of work and broad stakeholder engagement.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry said: "Brisbane 2032 has made significant and measured progress over the past year. The development of its Organisational Strategy and Games Plan gives us great confidence and sets out a clear pathway to deliver truly impactful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032".

Andrew Liveris, President of Brisbane 2032, added: "I am delighted that we have delivered on our commitments for 2023, including the development of a clear strategy and Games plan that defines who we are as an organisation and our actions and milestones for the coming years."

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games bring significant positive impacts that are shared across Australia, including a projected economic and social benefit of A$17 billion. Our Organising Committee is committed to delivering Games that everyone can be proud of and benefit from".

Andrew Liveris speaks during a media update for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. GETTY IMAGES
Andrew Liveris speaks during a media update for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. GETTY IMAGES

The meeting was used by the Organising Committee to deliver on a number of initiatives, including the development of an Organising Strategy and Games Plan, a comprehensive document that provides stakeholders with valuable information on the scope, priorities and governance mechanisms of the Games.

Discussions also included Brisbane 2032's commercial strategy, which will enable the Organising Committee to meet its commitment to remain self-funding, as well as the development of a Human Rights Framework and the First Nations Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The development of a sustainability strategy will be another key priority, as will legacy planning. This will include the development of "Elevate 2042", a shared 20-year vision for a lasting legacy of the Games.

The recent Queensland Independent Venue Review was also discussed to assess the suitability and viability of current projects. The Commission was informed that the Queensland Government had accepted 27 of the review's 30 recommendations and that further stakeholder consultation would be undertaken to finalise the Venue Master Plan.

Chair of the Brisbane 2032 Coordinating Commission Kirsty Coventry. GETTY IMAGES
Chair of the Brisbane 2032 Coordinating Commission Kirsty Coventry. GETTY IMAGES

The Coordination Commission determined that the Games would use existing available venues based on investment decisions made to meet long term needs. After much discussion and review, the decision was made to enhance existing structures such as QSAC, the Gabba and Suncorp stadiums and to use what has already been built to host Australia's third Summer Games.

The IOC says there is "no need to panic" over the stadium debate ahead of Brisbane 2032. "There is really no need to panic at this stage," said the IOC's Coventry. "We are always here to help with the technical aspect and to give advice, but it is not up to us to intervene and give direction. We cannot dictate the needs of the region and its people; we have to listen to the different levels of government," concluded the representative of the international body.

Olympic officials concluded the important meeting by reporting that work on smaller venues will begin in the coming months. "We expect the first tenders to go out next month, starting with sports venues on the Sunshine Coast," Miles said.

The Brisbane Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August 2032, with the Paralympic Games to follow between 24 August and 5 September the same year.