If hearing about the Olympics doesn’t impress you as much anymore, you’re not alone. All the trouble the committees and host cities of the past have had as a result of the games are all true. But you’d be pleasantly surprised to hear the changes made.
For starters, the International Olympics Committee is working to clean up the flaws that have plagued them over the years. Making a list of the things that have cost them reputation and trust, they’re correcting them all at once: In Brisbane.
In an effort to make corrections, the IOC now ensures a reduction in massive costs, elimination of corruption, as well securing the support from the people from both humanitarian and environmental perspectives.
The actual selection process involves a team that works closely with a hopeful city to ensure it will meet the criteria above, and provide the recommendation to the IOC, which in turn will vote on the city they deem the most fit.
What this means for Brisbane, being the first city to benefit from this new system, is a focus on long-term sustainability, rather than a short-lived spectacle to put on for the world.
Because it’s all about Brisbane: more specifically, what Brisbane has to gain from this. Emphasis is placed on expanded infrastructure, not built for the games, but for the people, in time for them. This ensures that taxpayers won’t suffer the exorbitant costs that befell Rio and others in the past. Most importantly, the environment itself will be accounted for.
Ultimately, this all returns to the people. As early as today, news of the bid has led to property booms across Brisbane, with business both up and downstream of the infrastructure investments expected to rise. This leads to a domino effect primarily from the transportation sector all the way down to housing. The spotlight will be on Brisbane to be improved by the games, and not for them.