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Premier, lord mayor’s Tokyo trip set for lift-off ahead of Games decision

Earlier in the week, Ms Palaszczuk said she would be flying in on Sunday and doing the requirements of quarantine in Tokyo, itself under a renewed state of emergency declaration barring spectators from events in the capital.


“I am presenting in Tokyo with the lord mayor and also the federal minister, I think then we have meetings in that same hotel,” she said. “I am not attending any events whatsoever. I then fly back into Brisbane and I do 14 days hotel quarantine.”

More than 100 International Olympic Committee delegates will listen to the group’s 45-minute presentation on Wednesday afternoon, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison also reported to be joining via video call, before casting their vote.

Australian officials hoping an announcement will then be made between 6-7pm, with screens to be set up at South Bank for the public to watch along.

Asked at the same press conference if he would instead quarantine at home upon his return, to save spots in hotel quarantine, Cr Schrinner said he would love to but the option was “not available” to him.


A spokesman for Senator Colbeck has previously said he would also meet with his Japanese counterparts in aged care while away and would also not quarantine at home on his return, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently did at The Lodge following his trip to Britain for the G7.

While Brisbane is the preferred bidder, the International Olympic Committee has previously held talks with a number of other countries for the 2032 Games.

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has said while he was confident about Brisbane’s chances, he was taking “nothing for granted” about the decision.

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