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Australian Olympic Teams Under Investigation For Wild 'Alcohol-Fuelled' Party On Flight Home


Australian Olympic Teams Under Investigation For Wild 'Alcohol-Fuelled' Party On Flight Home

Two Australian teams who competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games are under investigation for a wild plane ride home.

While the athletes would have been on cloud nine after taking part in the biggest sporting event of the year, it seems like their celebrations have gone a little too far.

Channel 7 reports the Japan Airlines flight turned into alcohol-fuelled party during its 10-hour journey as it ferried some of the men's rugby and football competitors.

The antics became so hectic that the airline complained about the players' behaviour and the Australian Olympic Committee has launched an urgent investigation.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said: "While there has been no formal complaint from the airline, unacceptable behaviour was brought to our attention and I directly raised the issue with our member sports CEOs.

"It's extremely disappointing but both Rugby and Football have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologised to the Australian Olympic Team.

"The CEOs have undertaken to take the appropriate action and report back to us."


Rugby Australia said they are looking into the claims as well and confirmed some of the allegations come from the Men's Rugby 7s team.

A spokesperson for the sporting body will investigate whether any of their players or staff contributed to the bad behaviour.

"Rugby Australia has begun its own internal investigation into the matter based on the information provided by the AOC," they said.

"Rugby Australia expects the highest standards of all its employees, modelling the values of our game respect, integrity, passion and teamwork."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It comes amid more allegations Aussie athletes were responsible for raucous behaviour at the Olympic Village.

While there were reports of rock star levels of damaged rooms, the AOC said the partying was only just a little bit above acceptable standards.

"Two apartments had minor damage, one each involving athletes from the men's rowing and rugby teams," a spokesperson told News Corp.


"The CEOs of both organisations have apologised to the AOC and have made their own enquiries into the athletes' behaviour."

Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman said none of the drunken antics amounted to behaviour that warranted punishment.

But he cautioned Aussie athletes against mixing with competitors from other nations as Japan is still very much dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

While many Olympic athletes usually stay in their host countries until the Closing Ceremony, coronavirus restrictions mean they have to leave Japan within 48 hours of their sporting commitments finishing.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Tokyo Olympics, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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