TOKYO — Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics said they are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in the Olympic village this week, violating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The athletes were caught drinking in a park in the athletes’ village on Friday night, Tokyo 2020 executive director Toshiro Muto said at a news conference, adding that police were present later in the incident.
“We are investigating the matter. We will take appropriate action based on our findings, ”he said. Police were also at the scene, he said, adding that it was unclear what, if any, action they took.
Muto did not give details on the number of athletes involved or their nationalities. Organizers previously said that athletes can drink alcohol only in their rooms and only if they are alone, as a precaution against COVID-19.
Drinking and partying are typically features of life in the Olympic village, as athletes let off steam after years of grueling training once their competitions are over.
But with Tokyo 2020 without spectators and under strict social distancing measures due to the pandemic, athletes have been subjected to daily tests and their movements have been limited within a “bubble”.
Some have taken to social media to complain of boredom.
Organizers had said they planned to hand out 150,000 condoms at the games, but would tell the athletes to take them home instead of using them in the village.
Separately, organizers have said that the accreditation of six people who attended the Games has so far been revoked for violating the rules imposed to hold the Games safely.
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