The drunken antics of Australian Olympians who vomited and disrupted passengers on their flight house from Tokyo had shamed the complete group, a high official mentioned Wednesday.
As New Zealand athletes confronted allegations of comparable loutish behaviour on their returning flight, Australia’s Olympic chef de mission labelled the conduct of his group members “fully unacceptable”.
“I am fairly upset about this as a result of a number of persons are damaging the status of a really sturdy unit, a unit that’s representing us over right here very proudly,” Ian Chesterman mentioned.
Chesterman confirmed Japan Airways wrote to the Australian Olympic Committee complaining concerning the behaviour of athletes on a flight that arrived in Sydney on Friday.
“JAL suggested that group members had drunk excessively, failed to reply to requests of cabin crew and brought on disruption to different passengers,” he mentioned.
“This behaviour is clearly unacceptable and doesn’t meet the requirements set be this group.”
Chesterman mentioned at the very least one athlete vomited in a bathroom, rendering it unusable for the remainder of the 10-hour flight, however couldn’t verify reviews the Olympians raided the airplane’s alcohol cupboard after being refused additional drinks.
He mentioned there have been 49 athletes from 9 sports activities on the flight however the troublemakers all got here from the boys’s rugby and soccer groups.
Chesterman mentioned the sports activities’ governing our bodies would decide what punishments have been imposed.
“They’re taking it very severely, which is essential to us,” he mentioned, including that athletes confronted “unquestionable stress and stress” with tight coronavirus restrictions in the course of the Video games.
New Zealand’s Olympians have additionally been accused of unruly behaviour on a flight from Tokyo to Christchurch, together with drunkeness and breaching Covid-19 restrictions by throwing used facemasks at cabin crew.
The stuff.co.nz information web site reported the athletes turned so rowdy that one of many pilots got here out from the cockpit and informed them to calm down.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee defended its athletes.
“We will perceive that following years of coaching and a really profitable, and prolonged, Olympic marketing campaign, some athletes wished to have fun with their teammates earlier than coming into two weeks of MIQ (quarantine),” NZOC spokeswoman Ashley Abbott mentioned.
“We’ve got not obtained any complaints from the airline.”
Abbott didn’t reply when requested if the alleged coronavirus rule breaches have been being investigated.
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