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Annastacia Palaszczuk ordered to attend Tokyo opening ceremony by AOC boss John Coates – video







In an awkward exchange during a press conference hours after Brisbane won the right to host the 2032 Olympics, the head of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates appears to order the Queensland premier to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Palaszczuk had previously said she would not attend the ceremony, in the face of growing domestic concern about her international trip. ‘You are going to the opening ceremony,’ Coates says. ‘I am still the deputy chair of the candidature leadership group [for the 2032 bid] … None of you are staying behind hiding in your rooms, alright?’

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