Rowdy Australian Olympians were ‘wrestling’ when they smashed a hole through the wall of their village rooms, while others were caught ‘mingling’ with athletes from other countries.
Officials have disciplined members of the Australian men’s rowing and rugby teams for their involvement in wild post-Games celebrations on the weekend that saw rooms completely destroyed and soaked in vomit.
The Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic team confirmed the string of breaches from Australian athletes including the wild party and illegal interaction with other countries’ athletes.
‘Yes, there was a hole in the wall,’ Ian Chesterman said.
‘Some big people were wrestling and these are some flimsy temporary walls so I don’t think he had to do much actually.’
Rowdy Australian Olympians were ‘wrestling’ when they smashed a hole through the wall of their village rooms, while others were caught ‘mingling’ with athletes from other countries. Pictured is Australia’s HQ in the Olympic Village
An illegal party that was held in the park of the Olympic Village was initially cleared as having no Aussies present, but a different gathering did see many ‘mingling’.
‘On Saturday night there was a similar mingling,’ Chesterman said.
‘Afterwards we became aware of that and that a few of our athletes had been mixing with other athletes not in the heat of the party but in places… outside of our direct allotment.
‘That’s clearly something we don’t encourage.’
The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed there were 10 Aussie athletes that were illegally ‘mingling’ with athletes from other countries at a party on Saturday night.
The 10 were immediately told to be tested and isolate until they received their result following their participation.
Officials have disciplined members of the Australian men’s rowing and rugby teams for their involvement in wild post-Games celebrations on the weekend that saw rooms completely destroyed and soaked in vomit (pictured is one of the rooms used for athletes in the Olympic Village in Tokyo)
‘We brought that small group into our procedures, tested them, proved they were (negative) non-infectious and they’ve rejoined the group,’ Chesterman said.
‘That was just a very, very small number of athletes out of the total cohort. It was a very minor offence, I’ve not taken any disciplinary action, none was necessary.
‘They understood that what they did was not according to the Australian playbook.
‘But nonetheless it didn’t lead me to any great concern.’
Horrified Olympic Village cleaners reportedly found wrecked rooms covered in vomit after the two nights of drink-fuelled celebrations, sparking complaints from other athletes.
The party came as the rowing and rugby teams completed their Tokyo competitions and prepared to fly home the following day.
Horrified Olympic Village cleaners reportedly found wrecked with vomit after the two nights of drunken celebrations, sparking complaints from other athletes
But the traditional celebrations on Friday and Saturday nights are said to have gone beyond acceptable limits while the Olympic Village is in Covid lockdown.
Under the strict restrictions, drinking is only allowed in athletes’ rooms and no socialising is permitted.
But the Australian Olympic Commitee admitted the men’s teams went too far.
‘A few individuals did leave their rooms in a messy and unacceptable state prior to departing back to Australia,’ an AOC spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.
‘Two apartments had minor damage, one each involving athletes from the men’s rowing and rugby teams.
‘The CEOs of both organisations have apologised to the AOC and have made their own enquiries into the athletes’ behaviour.’
Athletes have been rushed out the country following the end of all their events at Tokyo 2020 under Covid restrictions in a bid to minimise any possible outbreaks.
As a result, there have been many athletes trying to fit in their celebrations at the end of years of training and dedication throughout the two weeks of the Olympics.
Under strict Covid restrictions, drinking is only allowed in athletes’ rooms and no socialising is permitted. Seen here is a general view of the Olympic Village where athletes are living
Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman defended the overall conduct of the Aussie stars in Japan.
‘Let’s be clear, the vast majority of athletes have absolutely done the right thing through their stay and been model citizens both on and off the field of play,’ he said.
‘A few have let themselves down and, as we have high standards, the matters were reported to the national federations and they will deal with those athletes involved.
‘It has all been appropriately dealt with and we have put the matter behind us here. I continue to be happy impressed by the behaviour and spirit of this team.’