Tokyo Olympics Authorities to Investigate Athletes Who Violated Drinking Restrictions

Published 08/01/2021, 7:30 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 Olympic Games have a reputation for being one of the most popular sporting events worldwide. Although the Games occur every leap year, the Tokyo Olympics became the first edition of the quadrennial event to get postponed. This happened because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, that shut down sporting events across the globe.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

While the Games have returned, athletes are following strict protocols which place restrictions on their movement. Despite these restrictions, the organizers of the Games found a group of athletes flouting those rules while drinking alcohol in the Olympic Village.

Amidst growing COVID-19 concerns, the organizers revealed they are investigating such violations.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tokyo Olympics CEO gives an update on athletes violating restrictions at the Games

The organizers allowed athletes to consume alcohol when they are winding down in the Olympic Village. However, they allowed them to do so only in their rooms and when they are alone to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

However, as a group of athletes flouted the rules openly, Tokyo Olympics CEO Toshiro Muto revealed investigations are ongoing. In addition, he also admitted the incident brought police involvement at a later stage.

He said“We are looking into the matter. We will take appropriate steps based on our findings.” During his statement, Muto did not reveal the nationality of the athletes or how many of them were involved in this violation of Games protocols.

Engaging in such activities is often a tradition at the Olympics. However, with Tokyo’s COVID-19 situation reaching new levels of complication, it’s important for athletes to exercise caution at the global sporting spectacle.

DIVE DEEPER

Tour Pro Makes Controversial Statement Around Golf Tournament at Olympics; Says Only Amateurs Should Compete

about 2 months ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Organizers have revoked accreditations of six people involved with the Games

Excluding this incident, the organizers revealed that they revoked accreditations of six different people involved in the Games. They revealed they did this because of the violations of the protocols that are in place to conduct the Olympics securely.

A group of police officers walks outside the Ariake Tennis Park at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, August 1, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Although the identity of this group is unknown, they could face consequences in the future for their actions. With the investigation ongoing, expect a verdict on this incident in the coming days.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH STORY: Decoding the Reality of Anti-Sex Beds at Tokyo Olympics 2020

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Sanket Nair

639 articles

Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT