History Made, Australian Team Now Enters Pre-Celebration Two-Week Quarantine

While Olympic swimmers from around the world are departing Tokyo and returning home to meet their friends and family, the highly successful Australian squad has two weeks’ worth of quarantine up ahead.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to keep crowds to a minimum, athlete departures and arrivals at the Tokyo Olympic Games have been staggered, with athletes typically departing within 48 hours of their final event.

For Australian swimmers, whose collective medal haul tallied a historic 20, the squad journeyed from Tokyo to Howard Springs, Northern Territory where they will spend two weeks before being able to rejoin their loved ones for a proper celebration.

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) chief executive Matt Carroll said, “While the team is vaccinated and have been tested every day while at the Games, like every returning Australian, they will remain in quarantine for 14 days and will undergo regular testing in accordance with the requirements of each state and territory. (7 News Australia)

“The team return and quarantine has been an integral part of our planning for these Games.”

Currently, the nation of Australia is operating primarily under closed borders. Other than those traveling from New Zealand, only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents, their immediate family, and travelers with exemptions can enter the country.

Among the multitude of achievements for Australia in the pool, 27-year-old Emma McKeon became the first Australian ever to win four golds at a single Olympic Games. She took the 50m free and 100m free double and also snagged 400m free relay and 400m medley relay gold along with 100m fly bronze.

Zac Stubblety-Cook topped the men’s 200m breaststroke podium while Ariarne Titmus thrilled in the 200m and 400m free events, taking the top prize in both. Backstroking ace Kaylee McKeown was also golden on two separate individual occasions, topping the 100m and 200m events of her signature discipline.

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Tea rex
1 month ago

I can only imagine the amount of partying in that “quarantine”. Well earned.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Tea rex
1 month ago

Socialising is very strictly enforced . Each should have their own unit which have a front porch ; small backyard. A dance company managed to do their barre class along the rails on the porch 2x daily .

Everyone J know who has been there has quite liked it .

Gogo bibi
1 month ago

This is a joke

1 month ago

Hmm, I wonder what will happen 🙂

1 month ago

Congrats to the Aussies! Sorry they have to quarantine for two weeks. That’s ridiculous and unnecessary…

Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Classic Guerra

Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Four and a half million have died around the world. Why on earth would you think this is ridiculous and unnecessary.

1 month ago

Emma won two more medals than that listed also

Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Just highlighted GOLDS here

Reply to  RettaRace
1 month ago


Last edited 1 month ago by Samesame
1 month ago

So much Netflix and not so chill

1 month ago

Can we get Emma, Arnie or Kaylee on the podcast!? It’s not like they have anything better to do for the next two weeks

1 month ago

Howard Springs- look it up on Google Maps. It is in the middle of nowhere in Crocodile Dundee Territory in Northern Australia! Couldn’t be further from Tokyo!

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