Australia suspends Olympic bid amid COVID-19 recovery

SYDNEY (Xinhua) – Australia’s Queensland has suspended its bid to host the 2032 Olympics recently as the state government focusses on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the bid process had been paused.

“It’s just on hold. I wouldn’t read too much into that,” Palaszczuk told reporters last weekend.

“We’re focussed absolutely on the economic recovery at the moment.”

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said it fully supported the Queensland government’s position in placing the Brisbane 2032 candidature on hold.