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The 35th Olympics: Cybersquatters already in action

While the entire world, with hope and apprehension, counts down the days until the official opening of the Olympics in Tokyo (it still could be cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus among the athletes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is already planning 10 years ahead. Yesterday it was announced that the 2032 Summer Olympics would be held in Brisbane, Australia. Information that Brisbane had the leading bid to host the Olympics appeared a week and a half ago – and, of course, served as the starting whistle for domain squatters.

As of today, Brisbane2032.net and Brisbane2032.org are already registered (Chinese registrants were the quickest), according to Domain Gang. Both domains are for sale, which will not escape the attention of the IOC. The committee is very protective of its rights in the domain space, and UDRPs will surely follow. A parked domain, Brisbane2032.com.au, has been found in the Australian ccTLD. The owner is unknown, but it’s definitely not the Australian Olympic Committee, which reserved Brisbane2032.org.au in February. (The website has not been created yet.) Interestingly enough, Brisbane2032.com was registered back in 2008. It is tempting to believe that its owner, whose information is hidden by the confidentiality settings, has a time machine or a unique talent to predict the future. However, it will probably not protect them from the International Olympic Committee’s complaints.

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