The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on Sunday informed that a total of six people have had their accreditation revoked for egregious offences at the event. The CEO of the organizing committee confirmed that the person has lost accreditations for reasons ranging from violation of COVID-19 protocols to drug abuse.
Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee on Sunday confirmed that six people have had their accreditation revoked at the ongoing Olympics so far, as per international reports. The committee informed that the decisions came after incidents of these people violating the ‘playbook’, a set of rules for athletes, staff, and media members, was caught.
The six, who had their ids cancelled, include four contractors at work at the village as well as two athletes. The contractors were arrested prior to the Games opening for alleged cocaine use. Meanwhile, the two Georgian judokas were punished after they broke COVID-19 protocols by leaving the athletes' village to go sightseeing.
Moreover, eight people have had their accreditation suspended, four were made to write ‘letters of commitment’ for violations of the playbook. Muto also informed that another ten people have been given warnings. "This is extremely unfortunate as it could damage perceptions toward the vast majority of participants who are following the rules," the CEO said in a press briefing.
On Saturday, two judo silver medallists from Georgia had their accreditations revoked at the Tokyo Olympics after they left the Games village to go sightseeing. Later, the Georgian Olympic Committee confirmed the offending athletes to be silver medallists Vazha Margvelashvili and Lasha Shavdatuashvili. The athletes were officially kicked out of the Tokyo Olympics after they were spotted leaving to visit friends in Japan. The organising committee had informed that the action was taken promptly as the athletes violated the measures imposed to hold the Olympics safely amid the pandemic.
However, Georgian officials condemned the decision that saw the judo silver medallists kicked out of the event. Defending the athletes, the Georgian officials said that the athletes went out to relax after a tough day of competition. They also claimed that the athletes weren’t stopped at any gates, thus didn’t realise it was a violation to leave the village.
(With agency inputs)