Talk about excess.
Five players left the Olympic Village for a total of 20 minutes to collect two cases of beer in the early hours of Friday morning.
The group wore masks. They have been vaccinated. They did not cause any damage except their liver.
In fact, the players reported their own infraction before noon.
They were drowning in grief after their heartbreaking loss for the gold medal on penalties.
Five years of hard work exploded within minutes in a shootout without overtime. Talk about a cruel way of settling a gold medal.
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When the final blow was missed by Jake Whetton, the players collapsed to their knees and tears rolled down their cheeks.
Andrew Charter told News Corp the Kookaburras will bypass their desperate teammate, who understandably felt the brunt of defeat after failing to keep them alive in the contest.
At close of business on Friday afternoon, an instant press conference was announced, including Australian Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman, Kookaburras Head Coach Colin Batch and Chief Medical Officer David Hughes to highlight the breach. of Covid when leaving the village.
“The players were really remorseful for their actions,” said Batch.
“They embarrassed the Kookaburras, the Australian Olympic team and it’s completely out of character for these players.”
The only embarrassment is that there is not enough beer on the deck that the players have felt the need to take more.
Of course, the players, who weren’t named, did a bad thing by leaving the village, but if there was ever a non-story, this is it.
Locals roam Tokyo freely wearing masks, restaurants stay open until 8 p.m. in the Japanese capital while bars can be found until all hours of the night.
Now the players are self-isolating and will return on Sunday with the rest of the men’s hockey team and will have to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Chesterman has taken a firm stand following a series of offenses involving football, rugby and rowing teams, which included a drenched night in the village and another bender on a return flight.
“Let’s face it, without the Covid protocols they could have moved to Tokyo and done whatever they wanted,” Chesterman said.
“But there are Covid protocols, there are Covid protocols in place and that’s why we take this very seriously.
“Understanding that in Australian culture and indeed around the world people celebrate and sympathize over drinks. So this is understandable behavior on their part, but what was not acceptable to us, it was the violation of the game manual, ”he added.
At least some reason prevailed.
Players will no longer suffer consequences as the International Olympic Committee is informed and ready to drop the issue.
So they should too, because let’s face it, these players only had a few drinks in the village at the end of a mentally grueling campaign, where the athletes barely got to appreciate what they’ve been preparing for all their lives. .
They inspired nations, including Australia, throughout Covid and gave people something to look forward to every day.
Chances are they celebrated the sighting from lounges across the country and also ducked on an “essential” trip to the local bottle.
For a hockey team that has just been heartbroken, maybe on this occasion they should be given a break.