We’ve reported how Australia’s fully-vaccinated Olympians are in the midst of a two-week quarantine since returning home from competing at the Games in Tokyo, Japan. The swimmers are specifically stationed in Howard Springs, Northern Territory while they await the signal to be able to celebrate their best-ever Olympic swimmer performances with family and friends.
All-told across all of Aussie sport there are 56 South Australians waiting to return to their home state, with 16 currently quarantined in Sydney. For those 16 non-swimmers, the South Australian government has chosen to impose a further mandatory quarantine period, bringing their total string of lockdown days to 28.
The Australian Olympic Committee has voiced concern over the mental and physical health toll a near-month-long quarantine will have on these already drained 16 athletes having just competed on the biggest sporting stage.
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll states,”Our concern from the outset has been the mental and physical health of the athletes and we have respected the 14 day quarantine period.”
“But without the detailed reasons, it’s very hard to understand why these athletes are being required to undergo this additional quarantine period. A reduction in the period of quarantine would be a good outcome.”
Additionally, Carroll says, “This group of Olympians is acutely aware of the needs and daily health practices to protect themselves and those around them from the dangers of COVID. To qualify for the Games, compete and return home has required absolute compliance with the Tokyo and AOC biosecurity requirements.
“The AOC has sought to return as many athletes as possible to Australian states prepared to accept them however, the inherent restrictions around caps made avoiding Sydney logistically impossible.”
The AOC appealed to the South Australian government and was denied, with the organization candidly stating today, “The AOC remains profoundly disappointed that the South Australian Government will not reverse its decision to impose a 28-day quarantine period on South Australian Olympians returning from the Tokyo Olympic Games.”