The Queensland Premier’s Tokyo itinerary has changed overnight, with Annastacia Palaszczuk now set to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics after a very public order.
It wasn’t her initial plan to be at the ceremony in the wake of Covid, last week detailing that she would only be in the country for a couple of days to make the 2032 Olympics presentation before returning to Australia.
Ms Palaszczuk had planned to remain in the hotel the entire time, going only to the media centre to make the presentation.
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This itinerary had already angered tens of thousands of Australians, who even petitioned for her to call the whole thing off.
However, plans have had to change now that the Premier is over there and Queensland has won the bid, but not by her own choice.
Annastacia Palasczuk was very publicly told that she has no choice but to attend the opening ceremony before flying back to Australia.
“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates told her in front of a media conference.
“I’m still the deputy chair of the candidature leadership group and so far as I understand, there will be an op[ening and closing ceremony in 2032, and all of you better get along to understand the traditional parts of that, what’s involved in and OC… none of you are staying behind and hiding in your rooms, alright?”
“You’ve never been to an opening ceremony, you don’t know the protocols. I think it’s a very important lesson for everyone here.
“Opening ceremonies cost in the order of $75-100 million, it’s a major, major exercise for any organising committee.
“It puts the stamp on the game, it’s very important to the broadcast that follows.
“My very strong recommendation to the Premier, the lord mayor and the minister is to be there and to understand it,” Mr Coates said.
When asked about the seemingly awkward exchange on ABC Breakfast this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she won’t be offending anyone and will do what John Coates says.