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How three decades of pain for John Coates drove Brisbane’s bid for 2032 Olympic Games

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John Coates does not need much of an introduction.

He is recognised in global sporting circles as Australia’s most influential sports administrator, possessing an understanding of how to wield power and play politics.

If politics was a chess game, Coates would be its grandmaster.

He has been Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president since 1990, having only been challenged once for that role in 30 years.

Coates is also International Olympic Committee (IOC)…



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