Australian Sevens Team Reprimanded After Drunken Behavior on Flight Home From Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/05/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been a pleasant distraction considering the entire global population has gone through hell-and-back together in the last 12 odd months. This year’s Summer Games are serving up multiple stories of human triumph amidst the ongoing pandemic. But there are certain instances that remind us that mankind is far from perfect.

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The Australian national rugby sevens team endured a heartbreaking outing at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. They suffered a humbling 19-0 loss to eventual gold medal winners Fiji in the quarterfinals. They subsequently lost by a 22-19 margin in the placing 5-8 loss to the South African men’s national team.

But that was not where the misery ended for the Australian rugby team who made headlines while on the flight back home from Tokyo. The men from down under reportedly ‘misbehaved’ on their 10-hour Japan Airlines trip to Sydney on Friday. What made matters worse is that reports indicated the players were under the heavy influence of alcohol.

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The Australian athletes on the flight reportedly left vomit in one of the plane bathrooms. They also didn’t follow instructions from the flight crew, disturbed fellow passengers at night with obnoxious behaviour and didn’t follow COVID-19 protocol like wearing masks.

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Here’s what Australian Olympic Committee chief Matt Carroll had to say on the whole issue.

“It’s extremely disappointing, but both rugby and football [governing bodies] have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologized to the Australian Olympic team…The sports came back to me over the course of Sunday and Monday.”

“I know what happened, but I don’t know who. That’s why I asked the sports themselves, the CEOs, who are very upset about it as you would expect and very displeased with their athletes,” Carroll said via SkyNews.

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The Australians were earlier in the headlines after rugby and rowing team members punched a hole in a wall while staying in the Olympic village. They were partying way into the night. Some athletes apparently lost control which resulted in the unfortunate incident.

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