The IOC visits Brisbane for the first time since the city won the Games

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital won the 2032 Olympics.

Bach traveled to Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates, and has spent the past week visiting several Pacific island nations.

“These Olympics will not just be Games in Australia, for Australia,” Bach said. “It will be an Olympic Games with the whole Pacific region. You can see the enthusiasm and the anticipation (is) already at a very high level.

Bach, accompanied by IOC Coordination Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry, took part in an “Olympics Unleashed” session at Yeronga State High School in South Brisbane. Queensland was the first state to adopt the program in which Olympic athletes engage with students to nurture future sports stars.

“To witness one of these sessions is really encouraging,” Bach said. “It’s a great anticipation of these games, Brisbane 2032. They’re all excited and they’re all motivated. It’s a really great feeling of Olympic spirit.

Brisbane won the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games last July after the International Olympic Committee approved the Australian city as host. The city had been installed as the preferred candidate five months earlier.

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