Aug 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Olympic officials investigate outdoor drinking party in athletes village

Toshiro Muto

Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto. Photo:Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is investigating an outdoor drinking party at the athletes village, after it broke rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, officials said Sunday, per AP.

Why it matters: Before the games, athletes who are competing were warned that drinking alcohol in groups was a breach of the rules intended to limit COVID-19 infections.

  • Athletes were told they were only permitted to drink alone in their rooms, per AP.

In serious cases of rule-breaking, athletes can be removed from the village and be stripped of their Olympic credentials.

The big picture: Japan has recorded a surge in daily coronavirus cases during the tournament, with a total of 264 Olympic-accredited people having tested positive for the virus since July 1, AP reports.

What they're saying: "We are investigating the situation and based on the result we are to take appropriate action,” Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said, per AP.

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