Brisbane emerges as clear favourite to host 2032 Olympic Games, says IOC president Thomas Bach

The International Olympic Committee has picked the Australian city of Brisbane as the preferred partner to start talks for the host city of the 2032 Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said the IOC had approved a recommendation of the commission in charge of future hosts.

"This commission recommended to the IOC executive board to enter into a targeted dialogue with Brisbane 2032. 

"The Executive Board has unanimously approved this recommendation," Bach told a virtual news conference.

Several cities and countries had publicly expressed an interest in the 2032 Games including Brisbane, Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and GermanyΓÇÖs Ruhr valley among others.

The IOC overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities.

No official candidate cities are campaigning ahead of the vote as has been the case in the past.