Tokyo Olympics 2020: 4 Workers Arrested by Police for Violating Rules

Published 07/14/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
A Japanese police officer observes the entrance of the Tokyo Olympic Main Press Center in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is right around the corner, and the event will take place amid massive restrictions. There have been several controversial topics that have emerged about the Olympics over the past few days. In addition to it, four foreign workers were recently arrested by the Tokyo Police for alleged use of cocaine. 

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Violation of drug laws leads to a strict penalty in any country and Japan does not tread lightly with such cases. More importantly, people associated with the Olympic games getting arrested for drug possession is an embarrassment to the organizing committee. 

Furthermore, it was identified that the four foreign workers belonged to Aggreko Events Services Japan Ltd, a company that is temporarily providing power services for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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The suspects were found to be two American and two British nationals. None of the local workers were involved. Moreover, none of the offenders accepted their crime, but their urine showed traces of cocaine, according to Public broadcaster NHK.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Foreign workers caught for drug possession causes uproar 

The Tokyo Olympics 2021 is already taking place amid several uncertainties. Fans will not be allowed to enter the arenas due to the state of emergency prevailing in Japan. This will massively affect revenue as well as the athletes, who’d have to perform at an optimum level in empty stadiums. 

On top of this, foreign workers arrested for cocaine invites even more scrutiny. As a result of the arrest, Robert Wells, president of Aggreko Events Services Japan, had to deliver a statement issuing an apology. Furthermore, Wells also mentioned the removal of the four arrested workers from their position. 

Furthermore, the Games organizers made a statement warning other employees about the consequences of drug possession inside the Olympic Village. 

The giant Olympic rings are seen through a tree in the dusk at the waterfront area of Odaiba Marine Park, before the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

“Should the allegations turn out to be true, Tokyo 2020 will issue a strict warning to the company and advise them to take all possible measures to ensure that such an incident does not happen again,” the Games organizers mentioned.

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“It’s really regrettable if it’s true an act that violates the law has been committed,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told the media. 

Japan is hoping to cause very few blunders in its attempt to host the Olympic games. We’ve already seen a few, but the organizers are keen on increasing efforts to stop controversies pouring out. The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 3 and run till August 8. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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