Annastacia Palaszczuk lands in Tokyo to look IOC ‘in the eye’

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has landed in Tokyo ahead of Wednesday’s expected official announcement that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics.

Palaszczuk is in Tokyo alongside Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck ahead of the final vote by IOC members.

But Palaszczuk’s visit has been mired in controversy with a petition calling for her to be banned from travelling getting more than 132,000 signatures to date.

International Olympics Committee (IOC) president John Coates has defended Palaszczuk’s decision to attend in person saying it was vial she “look the members in the eye”.

“They want to look who they are awarding the Games to in the eyes,” he said.

“They want to know can we trust you to uphold the values of the Olympic movement … can we trust you to host the games?”

Palaszczuk will brief the members with a 20-minute presentation in addition to two videos outlining Brisbane and Queensland’s plans.