Australia’s Olympic Committee is investigating the men’s rugby and soccer teams for abuse at the Olympics. According to the British newspaper “The Guardian”, the athletes were condemned for bad behavior during a flight from Tokyo to Sydney and during their stay in the Olympic Village.
The CEO of the Australian Committee said in a statement that, although there are no formal complaints, the Rugby and Football Federations are investigating the matter. “The news is disturbing, but the committees of both the modes will not accept such behavior and will investigate the allegations. Appropriate action will certainly be taken,” the committee said in a statement.
The incident on the flight happened last Friday, when athletes from sports and other sports were returning from Japan to Australia. Details of what happened during the flight were not revealed.
Complaints are made public after another episode of abuse by the Australian delegation. The same rugby team had already been warned about the circumstances in which it left the Olympic Village facilities. Athletes damaged beds, left holes in the walls of rooms and disappeared along with the delegation’s mascot for a few days.
At the Olympic Village incident, the representative of the Australian delegation, Ian Chesterman, apologized but did not punish any of those involved: “It was just childish behaviour,” he said. What caught the attention was that the rooms were used by other athletes after the rugby team left the Japanese capital.