Olympic Round-Up: 6 Expelled from Games for Violations of COVID Protocols

With the Olympic Games now in full swing, this series from SwimSwam looks at some of the leading news outside of swimming as athletes around the globe contest their Olympic events in the Japanese capital. Paralympic news will feature ahead of the Games which are due to begin in Tokyo on August 24th. 

Belarus Track Athlete Accuses Olympic Team of Removing Her From Tokyo

A sprinter from Belarus, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has claimed that her Olympic Committee attempted to remove her from Tokyo by force.

According to Tsimanouskaya, her coach woke her early on Sunday morning, claiming that he had been told she must return to Belarus despite the fact she had yet to compete in her event, the 200-meter. She was told to pack her backs and was taken to the airport where she was set to board a flight to take her to Minsk. After refusing to enter the plane, she was able to get in touch with officials from the International Olympic Committee. She told officials that she feared being placed in prison after arriving in Belarus due to her criticism of the Olympic staff’s decision to use her as a member of the 4×400 meter relay.

Tsimanouskaya is one of many of the country’s celebrities who have experienced issues with the government after questioning the actions of Alexander Lukashenko, the longtime president. Because of this, the country’s neighbor, Poland, has frequently taken in citizens seeking safety from the government. Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, said on twitter that Tsimanouskaya would receive a, “humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sporting career in Poland if she chooses.” She is currently staying within the Polish embassy in Tokyo.

Australian Rugby and Rowing Teams Criticized for Damage to Olympic Village

Following the end of their competition period in Tokyo, members of Australia’s rugby and rowing team landed themselves in hot water after causing damage to their Olympic Village rooms.

As the two sports teams wrapped up their competition in Tokyo, they engaged in what was referred to as “drunken antics” that resulted in cleaners being required to clean vomit from the rooms. Athletes still participating in competition, including those from their own country, complained about the partying that the two teams participated in across Friday and Saturday night.

According to a spokesman from the Australian Olympic Committee:

“A few individuals did leave their rooms in a messy and unacceptable state prior to departing back to Australia. Two apartments had minor damage, one each involving athletes from the men’s rowing and rugby teams. The CEOs of both organisations have apologised to the AOC and have made their own enquiries into the athletes’ behaviour.”

According to Australia’s ABC Sports, the Olympic Village wasn’t where the partying ended. The news company reported that the nation’s rugby team, along with it’s soccer team, continued their behavior throughout a flight back to Australia.

Georgian Judo Fighters Have Tokyo Olympic Access Revoked Following Sightseeing Tour

While athletes in Tokyo have been warned that leaving the Olympic Village will result in consequences, Vazha Margvelashvili and Rasha Shavdatuashvili traveled outside the Village to meet with a friend, resulting in the loss of their Olympic credentials.

The pair of athletes had concluded their Olympic competition that saw both take home silver medals in their respective weight classes. Both athletes had already returned to their country prior to the loss of their credentials, meaning the decision had no effect on the pair.

They are among at least 6 who have been expelled from the Games so far for violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, including 4 Olympic contractors.

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Jackie
1 month ago

What about Michael Andrew, the highest profile unvaccinated American Olympian, refusing to wear a mask in the mixed zone? Every other US swimmer I’ve seen all week has worn one!

The Original Tim
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

As Swimswam covered in a previous article and as has been beat to death the comments of any article that mentioned MA, it was not against protocol.

Admin
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

The USOPC came back saying that it was not a violation of the rules.

That70s_swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

It seems to me that the COVID19 protocol (rules) needs to be made more consistent with mitigating transmission. Athletes (and officials) are asked to keep their masks on when on the podium, receiving medals, and the national anthem, and only remove them for photo-op. However, in an enclosed room with more than a few individuals – and if you are being interviewed – masks can be removed. Things that make you go – huh?

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

MAHater again, ugh. Oh boy and I having fun with comments! The person that clearly should have been expelled in Titmus’ coach for ripping off his mask and doing his grinding thing in the stands. CLEARLY a violation of the rules!

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

….and all those in the opening ceremony bird dogging it and even some athletes literally going OOPS when they notice the camera is on them and repositioning their masks.

anonymous
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

If you look on the reporter’s twitter feed you will see a picture she the day before of Caleb Dressel in the mixed zone with his mask completely below his chin with nothing covering his face. It was not against the rules.

anonymous
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

Keep in mind he is unvaccinated but has had covid and has significant immunity from that. He has not gotten Covid at the training camp or at Tokyo

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Jackie
1 month ago

Check out Swimswam’s instagram post (series of 3 photos) touting the awesome cheering male teammate! Oh wait – NO MASK!!!!

Greg Brance
1 month ago

Was anyone surprised that a Australian Rugby team partied a little to hard?

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  Greg Brance
1 month ago

Yeah, that was my first thought. Then I remembered our swimmers caused an international incident in 2016, and I didn’t want to throw stones from my glass house.

Meeeeee
Reply to  Greg Brance
1 month ago

No but pretty piss poor that they affected other athletes who had competition left.

dddddddd
1 month ago

belarus wack af