TOKYO – Tokyo Video games organizers mentioned they’re investigating after a gaggle of athletes have been discovered consuming alcohol within the Olympic village this week, violating measures to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
The athletes have been caught consuming in a park within the athletes’ village on Friday night time, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto advised a information convention, including police have been later current on the incident.
“We’re trying into the matter. We’ll take applicable steps primarily based on our findings,” he mentioned. Police have been additionally on the scene, he mentioned, including it was not clear what motion they took, if any.
Muto didn’t give particulars of the variety of athletes concerned or their nationalities. Organizers beforehand mentioned athletes are permitted to drink alcohol solely of their rooms and provided that they’re alone, as a precaution in opposition to COVID-19.
Ingesting and partying are usually options of life within the Olympic village, as athletes let off steam after years of grueling coaching as soon as their competitions finish.
However with Tokyo 2020 happening with out spectators and underneath tight social distancing measures due to the pandemic, athletes have been topic to day by day testing and their actions restricted inside a “bubble”.
Some have taken to social media to complain of boredom.
Organizers had mentioned they deliberate to present out 150,000 condoms on the Video games, however would inform athletes to take them house slightly than use them within the village.
Individually, organizers have mentioned six individuals attending the Video games have to date had their accreditation revoked for violating guidelines imposed to carry the Olympics safely.