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Two Silver Medallists Removed From Tokyo Games After Going Sightseeing

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 01 Aug 2021 15:41
Two Silver Medallists Removed From Tokyo Games After Going SightseeingPA Images

Two Georgian judokas went sightseeing in Tokyo, despite rules being in place prohibiting Olympians from leaving the athletes’ village.

The athletes have been told to leave the Olympics as a result, and have had their accreditations removed.

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The International Olympic Committee imposed strict rules in the wake of COVID cases surging in Japan in a bid to protect athletes from contracting the virus.

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In addition to this, before the Games began it was announced that there would be no spectators at the events for the first time in Olympic history.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masanori Takaya said in an announcement yesterday, July 31, that a person or people had had their accreditation revoked and had been told to leave.

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He explained, as per BBC Sport, ‘We took away accreditation as we believe going out of the athletes’ village for sightseeing is something that should not happen.’

Apparently the two judokas had already left the country, however, as a Tokyo 2020 rule is that athletes must leave Japan within two days of competing.

Vazha Margvelashvili (PA)PA Images

While Takaya’s comments were vague, the Georgian Olympic Committee later confirmed that it was two of its athletes.

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It’s believed the two silver medallists were Vazha Margvelashvili, 27, and Lasha Shavdatuashvili, 29. The pair reportedly left the village to visit ‘one of their good acquaintances’ who lives in Japan.

They were spotted were taking photographs at Tokyo Tower in their Olympic uniforms earlier this week.

A Georgia official told AFP, ‘No one stopped them at the exit, so they thought that they could go outside. They wanted just to have a bit of open air, to relax after a tough day of competition, after a tough lockdown period.’

Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia (PA)PA Images
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Other tourist activities are also banned, as is walking around the city and visiting tourist areas, shops, restaurants, bars or gyms, The Guardian reports.

As of today, August 1, Tokyo 2020 officials confirmed that another 18 Olympics participants had contracted COVID since July 1. This brings the total number of cases in the past month to 264.

If you’ve been affected by coronavirus and want up to date advice, visit the Gov.uk help page here. If you need medical help call NHS 111 or visit online.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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  1. BBC Sport

    Tokyo Olympics: Georgia athletes removed from Games after sightseeing trip

  2. The Guardian

    Two Georgian judoka ordered to leave Olympics for breaking Covid rules