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Olympics-Coates orders premier to opening ceremony

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With around 13 million people locked down in Australia due to COVID-19 outbreaks, Palaszczuk was criticised by home media for travelling to Tokyo this week as a representative of Brisbane's bid for the 2032 Olympics.

She had said she would not attend any events while in Tokyo apart from the bid team's presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session on Wednesday (July 21), and would confine herself to her hotel.

However, her resolve crumbled in an awkward exchange with Coates late on Wednesday (July 21) as the Australian Olympic Committee president set her straight, telling her to go to the opening ceremony.

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