Georgian judo athletes have Olympic accreditation revoked

A pair of Georgian athletes have had their accreditation revoked from the Tokyo Olympics after they left the Olympic Village to sightsee and meet “one among their good acquaintances,” violating COVID-19 protocol. 

The athletes — judo silver medalists Vazha Margvelashvili and Lasha Shavdatuashvili — didn’t intend to violate protocol, a Georgian official informed AFP information company. 

“Nobody stopped them on the exit, so that they thought that they may go exterior,” the official mentioned. “They needed simply to have a little bit of open air, to loosen up after a troublesome day of competitors, after a troublesome lockdown interval.” 

As part of stringent protocol associated to issues over the COVID-19 pandemic and, specifically, the Delta variant, athletes should not prohibited to go away the Olympic Village throughout their keep in Tokyo. At present, Japan is battling file numbers of infections and is below a state of emergency. Previous to Margvelashvili and Shavdatuashvili, no athlete had left the Village boundaries with out permission. 

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Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya informed the AFP that leaving the compound “for sightseeing is one thing that ought to not occur.”

The athletes had already departed Tokyo previous to the revocation of their accreditation. | Georgian judo athletes have Olympic accreditation revoked


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