John Coates

IOC vice president hits back after 'mansplaining' comment to premier

  • John Coates told Ms Palaszczuk to attend opening ceremony at Tokyo Olympics

  • His comment sparked backlash and he was heavily criticised by the media 

  • Mr Coates revealed Ms Palaszczuk had asked him for help prior to the comment 

  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

  • By Aidan Wondracz and Charlie Moore and Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

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    IOC vice president John Coates has hit back at allegations he was 'mansplaining' when he ordered Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

    Coates has insisted he is not 'anti-women' after making the awkward demand of Ms Palaszczuk during a press conference last Wednesday.

    The Queensland premier had declared she would not attend the opening ceremony as she faced mounting backlash over her trip to Japan while her state continues to enforce hard border closures to international arrivals.

    Mr Coates claimed Ms Palaszczuk approached him before the press conference and asked him to help her find a way to take the edge off the public pressure for her to give the event a miss. 

    The IOC vice president (pictured, John Coates) has hit back at allegations he was 'mansplaining' when he ordered Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

    The IOC vice president (pictured, John Coates) has hit back at allegations he was 'mansplaining' when he ordered Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics

    John Coates has insisted he is not 'anti-women' after making the awkward demand to Ms Palaszczuk during a press conference last Wednesday

    John Coates has insisted he is not 'anti-women' after making the awkward demand to Ms Palaszczuk during a press conference last Wednesday

    'She said to me: "Give me a hand, John, will you?",' he told The Australian.

    'So I did. She's my very good friend. I might have done it too crudely. But I thought if I did it crudely, I would be taking the hit for her.'

    Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, Mr Coates turned to Ms Palaszczuk to order her to attend the ceremony.

    '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.

    'None of you are staying home and sitting in your room.'  

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