The vice president of the International Olympic Committee has been branded a ‘mansplanning dinosaur’ after publicly reprimanding and ‘bullying’ an Australian head of state for participating in the opening Games of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
John Coates denied allegations of bullying on Thursday after he chastised Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk for her plan not to attend the event as her state capital Brisbane was named the 2032 host city late Wednesday was.
‘You’re going to the opening ceremony,’ said Coates, the head of the Australian Olympic Committee, crossing his arms and back in his chair.
‘I am still the deputy chairman of the candidacy leadership group and as far as I understand, there will be an opening and closing ceremony in 2032 and you all are going to go there and understand the traditional parts of it, what is involved in an opening ceremony. , ‘They said.
‘So none of you are holding back and hiding in your rooms, right?’, Coates continued with some strange laughter in the press room.
He said, ‘No one tells John.’
IOC Vice President John Coates (right) denied bullying allegations on Thursday after publicly punishing Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk (left) for not attending the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on Friday.
‘You’ve never been to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, have you? You don’t know the protocol,’ Coates continued with his monologue.
‘This is a very important lesson for everyone here. The cost of the opening ceremony was on the order of $75 million to $100 million. This is a major, major exercise for any organizing committee. It seals the games.
‘This is very important for the broadcasts to come. And I think it’s my very strong recommendation that the Premier and the Lord Mayor and the ministers be there and understand that. And when they are there, they can take great pride in watching the parade of nations and especially the Australian team.’
Palaszczuk – one of the most senior women in Australian politics – appeared uncomfortably silent during her remarks.
‘I don’t want to hurt anyone,’ she said at a later press conference, before backing out.
Australian lawmakers criticized Coates for his behaviour, calling for him to apologize and even resign.
Independent Senator Rex Patrick tweeted: “John Coates should resign upon his return from Tokyo.” ‘He is a social and political dinosaur who has spent too long in the rare, self-interested @Olympics bubble.’
Social media users also called out Coates for ‘bullying’ the centre-left leader.
One tweeted, ‘Someone asked what the definition of mansplaining dinosaur looks like and Coates just raised his hand.
‘Anyone who thinks dinosaurs are extinct can listen to John Coates and wonder…’ quipped another.
Australian journalist Matt Bevan reports that between now and 2032, Ms Palaszczuk will have several other opportunities to attend the opening ceremonies of both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
“Above all: John Coates saying that Annastasia Palaszczuk should watch the opening ceremony in Tokyo to familiarize herself with protocol and customs,” Mr Bevan wrote.
‘There are five more Olympics between now and 2032. Maybe she can go to one of them?’
Image: John Coates (left) and Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk (second left) celebrate with other delegates after Brisbane was announced as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city during the 138th IOC session in Tokyo on July 21, 2021
Former Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell called it “disgusting”, while Conservative MP Darren Chester called it an “outrageous performance”, full of arrogance.
In a statement issued by the Australian Olympic Committee, Coates said his comments were ‘completely misinterpreted by those who were not in the room’.
‘Premier and I have a long and very successful relationship. We both know the heart of my comments and I have no indication that she was hurt in any way.”
Palaszczuk, who has been under political pressure to fly to Tokyo during the pandemic, played down the incident, telling public broadcaster ABC that Coates was ‘brilliant’ and ‘the driving force behind us securing the Olympics’.
Most Australians are barred from traveling abroad due to strict international border closures, while nearly half of the country’s population of about 25 million are currently in lockdown.
Independent Australian Senator Rex Patrick was joined by social media users of other MPs on Thursday in calling out Mr Coates for his public comments to Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk, many calling him a ‘dinosaur’ and ‘disrespectful’.
It was announced on Wednesday that Brisbane would host the 2032 Olympics after the Games were awarded in a vote before the Tokyo Games were delayed.
International Olympic Committee representatives voted 72 against and three in favor of the boycott to confirm the city’s victory, leading to wild celebrations.
This is the third time Australia will host the Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
This is the only time a city has won unopposed, as it was the only candidate put forward by the IOC last month.
The announcement was greeted by cheers from Australian delegates in Tokyo, while in Brisbane fireworks lit up the sky and crowds lined up to vote.
Celebrations erupted in Brisbane on Wednesday night after the city was awarded the 2032 Olympic Games
The head of state for Queensland, where Brisbane is located, Anastasia Palaszczuk, holds a card declaring victory – telling people ‘never in my lifetime thought this would happen’
‘I’m so excited – I’m very proud of my state, of my people. Never in my lifetime did I think this was going to happen,’ Palaszczuk said.
‘We’ve done it, Queensland! We’re done, Brisbane! It’s fabulous, it’s wonderful – tonight is your night, enjoy.’
Hundreds packed Brisbane’s Southbank Riverside campus for the announcement, watching the city’s final pitch for the IOC on the big screen.
One of the masked crowd, 24-year-old Rice Kush, said she hoped to work and participate in the 2032 Olympics as a spectator.
‘I’m a big fan. I even saw softball this morning,’ he told AFP. ‘I am very excited about the Olympics here.’
Lauren Granger, 42, said she hopes the 2032 Olympics will recreate the buzz of Sydney’s successful 2000 Games.
Australians celebrate to hear that Brisbane has been chosen as the host city of the 2032 Olympics, the third time the country will host the Games.
Brisbane is also the first city to win the nomination after an uncontested race.
Families celebrating in Brisbane will visit Australia in 2032 after learning Olympics
“We flew to Sydney and we were at the Olympics and it was such a great experience for our family,” she said.
‘That was 20 years ago so we would love to be able to live it again in 2032 with our kids.’
Home to some 2.3 million people and bookended by shimmering coastal sands, Brisbane is seen as more quiet and less cosmopolitan than Australia’s sprawling southern cities.
Venues will be spread across cities around the state of Brisbane and Queensland, including the Gold Coast which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It is expected that the Olympics will boost Brisbane’s profile, making it more attractive to tourists who use it as a jumping off point for attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian newspaper reported that the Games would cost $3.5 billion, with the opening and closing ceremonies at the redeveloped Gabba cricket ground.
“This is a historic day not only for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the country as a whole,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Fireworks set off in Brisbane, the host city of the 2032 Olympic Games
‘Only global cities can secure the Olympic Games, so this is a fitting recognition of Brisbane’s position in our region and around the world.’
The decision means the IOC has now secured the host for the next three Summer Olympics, with Paris hosting the 2024 Games and Los Angeles hosting the 2028 Games.
The awarding of the 2032 Olympics took place for the first time with a new election method adopted in June 2019 in an effort to counter the lack of application fees and serious bids.
For the 2024 Games, Bach complained that the process produced ‘too many losers’ after Rome, Hamburg and Budapest all dropped out of the race.
In recent years bidding cities have become harder to come by as costs balloon and the economic benefits of holding the Games are unclear.
Voting took place two days before the troubled Tokyo Olympics, which will begin behind closed doors on Friday after a year’s delay due to the pandemic.