Coates, 71, disputed this, telling him at the press conference: “You are going to the opening ceremony. I’m still vice-chair of the nominations steering group. As far as I know, there will be an opening ceremony and a closing ceremony in 2032. ”
He insisted on other politicians from Queensland who had come with Palaszczuk and said: “You’re all going to get along there and understand the traditional parts of this, which an opening ceremony involves, so none of it. between you don’t stay behind and hide in your rooms, okay? “
Palaszczuk declined to say why she would not attend the ceremony. Coates, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, urged her, saying, “You’ve never been to an Olympics opening ceremony, have you?
After Palaszczuk shook his head, Coates continued to insist, “You don’t know the protocols.” Because the Olympic Opening Ceremonies are a major responsibility for the organizers and cost between $ 75 and $ 100 million to organize, said Coates, “it is my very strong recommendation” that Palaszczuk and other officials attend.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday morning, Palaszczuk played down the exchange, saying Brisbane was “now part of the IOC family, and I’ll just do what John Coates said.”