Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has copped a public broadside from Australian Olympics boss John Coates, just as the pair were meant to be celebrating Brisbane’s Games triumph.

... Mr Coates – the Australian Olympic Committee president – ordered the Premier to attend Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo.

“You are going to the opening ceremony,” he said.

 

“There will be an opening and a closing ceremony in 2032 and all of you, everyone there, has got to understand the traditional parts of that, what’s involved in an opening ceremony.”

 

Ms Palaszczuk’s trip to Tokyo for the Brisbane announcement in the middle of the pandemic has been controversial.

More than 130,000 people signed a petition saying she should not go, as long as international travel remained off limits for most Australians. She went anyway – along with Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck – but said she would turn down any invitation to the opening ceremony.

Late on Wednesday night, basking in the glow of Brisbane’s 2032 victory, that all fell apart.

“None of you are staying home and going to be sitting in your room,” Mr Coates told Ms Palaszczuk, amid crossed arms and awkward body language at the press conference.

“You’ve never been to an opening ceremony. You don’t know the protocols and I think it’s a very important lesson for everyone here – opening ceremonies cost in the order of $75 to $100 million.

“My very strong recommendation is the Premier and the Lord Mayor and the Minister be there and understand it.”

Ms Palaszczuk responded only with: “I don’t want to offend anybody, so …”

 

It’s a line she maintained in an interview with ABC TV’s News Breakfast on Thursday.

“I’ve known John for years. So what’s happened now is that the Lord Mayor and the gederal minister and I are expected to go,” she said.

“I will leave that to John Coates and [International Olympics Committee president] Thomas Bach. But let me make it clear – I am not going to offend anyone now that we’ve just been awarded the Games.”

She said it was clear there was an expectation that the Australian contingent would attend Friday’s opening ceremony, as the hosts of the 2032 Games. And there was public praise for Mr Coates:

“John Coates has been the driving force behind us securing the Olympics. He has been able to get all levels of government to work together for us to have this bid and his engagement with the business community, his networks are absolutely phenomenal,” the Premier said.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/07/22/annastacia-palaszczuk-john-coates/

 

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sunshine olympics...

So Brisbane has been formally declared as host of the 2032 Olympic Games, but what would that look like?

Is the Queensland capital a world city like Doha or Budapest?

Not if you ask Brisbane’s opponents to host the 1992 Games. They argued the city was too small and unknown on the international stage.

 

This time around, the Sunshine State’s bid earned repeated praise from the International Olympic Committee.

Brisbane 2032 Olympics facts and figures
  • Where: The ‘River City’ of Brisbane
  • Proposed dates: July 23 to August 8, 2032; Paralympics August 24-September 5, 2032
  • Expected average maximum daily temperatures: Between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius
  • Main venue: The Brisbane Cricket Ground (or the Gabba as it’s commonly known)
  • Number of other venues: 32 venues in south-east Queensland will be used to host 28 Olympic sports. There will be a total of 37 competition venues, 84 per cent of which are existing or temporary
  • Distance from Brisbane’s CBD: Athletes from 22 sports would compete across 21 venues, most of which would be five kilometres from the CBD
  • Competition venues outside of Brisbane: Seven in the Gold Coast, four in the Sunshine Coast
  • Athletes’ accommodation: Villages in Brisbane (10,729 beds), Gold Coast (2600 beds), Sunshine Coast (1374 beds) and Kooralbyn (1100 beds)
  • Number of international tourists it’s expected to attract: 3.6 million.
What our 2032 Olympic venues will look like

To get the Gabba ready for the opening ceremony, it will need a major redevelopment that will cost more than $1 billion.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/queensland/2021/07/22/brisbane-olympic-games-2032/

 

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Palaszczuk to fix it...

The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one day before the event is due to be held.

Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he seems to be making jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto called out the video saying it ridiculed "painful facts of history".

His dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games.

It comes days after a composer quit the team creating the ceremony after it emerged he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school.

Organisers are also dealing with rising Covid case numbers among athletes and officials. On Thursday, organisers said 91 people accredited for the Games have now tested positive for the virus.

 

After the removal of Mr Kobayashi, organisers are now re-assessing how to hold Friday's event.

"With the opening ceremony being so imminent, we apologise for causing concern to those involved in the Olympics, to the citizens of Tokyo and the Japanese public," Mr Hashimoto said in a statement.

Kentaro Kobayashi, who used to be a comedian, has been heavily criticised for the comments, including from global rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC).

"Any person, no matter how creative, does not have the right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide," Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Global Social Action Director said.

 

Read more:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57924885

 

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too hot...

A Russian archer fainted during Olympic qualifying as intense heat in Tokyo was in the spotlight just hours before the Games officially open.

Svetlana Gomboeva, 23, collapsed while checking her scores. She regained consciousness and left on a stretcher.

 

Earlier this week experts said Tokyo's heat and humidity could pose a significant threat to competitors.

The Japanese Environment Agency has issued heatstroke alerts, warning the public not to exercise outside.

"It turns out that she couldn't stand a whole day out in the heat," said Russian Olympic Committee coach Stanislav Popov.

"This is the first time I remember this happening. In Vladivostok, where we were training before this, the weather was similar. But humidity played a role here."

With temperatures of around 33C in the archery dome on the first day of competition on Friday, athletes had challenges with hydration and staying cool, while support staff huddled in shaded areas.

There have also been reports of beach volleyball players complaining that the sand is too hot for their feet and officials having to hose down the courts.

 

Read more:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/57940257

 

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Chinese officials mocked The Washington Post and The New York Times for putting the United States first or “tied” with China in its coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, despite China receiving more gold medals.  

China currently has eight more gold medals than the US, but both The New York Times and The Washington Post list the US at the top of the Tokyo Olympics leaderboard. The US outlets are using total medals won as their methodology, despite the fact that traditionally, the country with the most gold medals sits at the top of the table.

However, even when China and the US had the same total number of medals (68) on Tuesday, but China had 10 gold medals more than the US, the Washington Post opted to place the two countries in “tied” 1st place with “T1” written beside the country names.

The official default Olympic Medal Count, on the other hand, lists China in first place due to it having the highest number of gold medals, as does The Guardian newspaper – with the US appearing in second place.

 

Zhang Heqing, China’s cultural counsellor at its embassy in Pakistan, mocked the Post and Times on Tuesday, posting screenshots of their leaderboards and commenting, “Freedom of Press in the West. Self satisfaction, isn't it?

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/531026-chinese-officials-mock-wapo-nyt/

 

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NOW, should we count the medals per capita, AUSTRALIA IS WAY IN FRONT ....

 

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