Sun, 25 Jul 2021

TOKYO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith welcomed the Brisbane 2032 Announcement, saying that additional Oceania quota spots will open up, providing more openings for elite New Zealand athletes.

The Australian city of Brisbane won the right to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in a vote at the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday.

"We warmly congratulate our Australian friends and colleagues on their successful bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games," Smith said in a statement.

"A Southern Hemisphere Olympic Games is fantastic for New Zealand athletes, and sport providing an 'at home' experience for the New Zealand Team with better travel, time-zones, training opportunities. Additional Oceania quota spots will open up, providing more openings for elite New Zealand athletes.

"The Brisbane Games will also provide opportunities for New Zealanders working in events and sport management as well as volunteers keen to experience the excitement of an Olympic Games first-hand.

"Not all the opportunities will be in Australia as New Zealand looks to host pre-Olympic Games training camps in the build-up to 2032. Tourism will also get a significant boost, with international travelers adding New Zealand to their Olympic itineraries.

"We have every confidence Brisbane 2032 will be a truly exceptional edition of the Olympic Games for all participants.

"It's a win for Australia that Kiwis are genuinely happy about," Smith said.

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