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The Brisbane Olympics are a leap into an unknowable future

David Rowe writes in The Conversation (23.7.21) about Brisbane's winning bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The author reminds that, while every host nation claims its Games will be different and better, it will take decades to get a full accounting of the legacy for Brisbane and Southeast Queensland.

'There'll be two types of Australian high jump in Tokyo this month. The first, most likely scripted, was Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's front row leap after Brisbane was awarded the right to host the 2032 Olympics. The second will be in response to Australia winning any medals.

'Palaszczuk's leap is also a plunge into an uncertain future. For the next 11 years there will be much debate about whether it's worth it.

'... The new facilities that are built are intended to be productive and viable, rather than white elephants. Despite its name this will be a regional rather than city-based event, claiming to spread its legacy benefits along Olympic-enhanced transport corridors.

'History suggests much of this will be wishful thinking. A major part of the aim is to recast Brisbane as an international city able to hold its own alongside Australia’s current Olympic cities, Melbourne and Sydney.

'Brisbane 2032 will show a lot of people a good time. But questions of its legacy, good and bad, will take decades to resolve.'

 

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