IOC refuses to convict Vice President John Coates after demanding Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony despite her concerns about the coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee has refused to convict top official John Coates after ordering Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony in a deeply uneasy public exchange.
Coates, 71, an IOC director and chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee, demanded that a reluctant Palaszczuk go to the Olympic Stadium on Friday in an unenthusiastic filmed episode that has to be seen to be believed.
The stunning exchange took place at a press conference for Australian journalists in the wake of the decision to host Brisbane the 2032 Olympics.
The IOC has not condemned official John Coates (left) after demanding Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony.
Coates claimed a reluctant Palaszczuk had to attend the ceremony despite her concerns about Covid
Palaszczuk had said she would be watching the ceremony on television from her hotel room, given the ongoing Covid pandemic.
But an obviously excited Coates insisted that she be there, in what appeared to be a candid and condescending dress-up.
“You’re going to the opening ceremony,” Coates warned.
“I am still the Vice-Chairman of the (Brisbane 2032) Candidature Leadership Group and as far as I understand there will be an opening and closing ceremonies in 2032 and you will all get along there and do the traditional parts of that, what attends an opening ceremony.
“None of you stay behind and hide in your rooms, okay?”
Palaszczuk insisted she would stay in her hotel room to watch Friday’s spectacle
Palaszczuk simply replied that she didn’t mean to offend anyone, but Coates continued, “You don’t know the protocols, I think it’s a very important lesson for everyone here.”
Sports post asked the IOC, which it claims is a proponent of “unity and diversity,” whether they support Coates’s behavior and comments, and whether he would apologize.
However, they simply said it was up to Palaszczuk to decide whether to attend, adding that they would respect her decision.