Brisbane is making impressive initial preparations to host the 2032 Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said after the first “honeymoon” meeting with organizers on Sunday.
But Bach warned that any marriage could cause problems in the relationship as well.
“We are just not satisfied. As I have said before, we are impressed and happy, “Bach said during a visit to Sydney to meet with members of the Brisbane 2032 Organizing Committee.
Bach also bid farewell to powerbroker John Coates, who resigned on Saturday after 32 years as president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).
“It was like a honeymoon meeting,” Bach said after meeting the organizers of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games, including Queensland Premier Anastasia Plaszzuk.
“This honeymoon will not last forever. As we know from experience, every marriage has its ups and downs, “he added.
“But mutual respect and enthusiasm, I think, will ensure that we overcome some unforeseen obstacles.”
Asked whether the 2032 Games, awarded to the Australian East Coast City last July, could include cricket or surf lifesaving, Bach said only that the IOC has sought to include a sport that inspires the younger generation.
Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC’s Athletes Commission, said the decision on sports for 2032 was probably too early.
Coventry, a former Olympic swimmer and world record holder from Zimbabwe, noted that he was from a nation playing cricket.
“We have to take it step-by-step,” she said, evaluating how the various sports were integrated into the Olympic movement and their impact on young people.
Despite stepping down as AOC president, Coates remained vice-president of the International Olympic Committee in Paris until the 2024 Games and is still president of the Arbitration Court for Sport.
Ian Chesterman was selected as the successor to Coates at Chef de Mission, AOC for Australia’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games team.