A Paralympic athlete from Georgia was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting a hotel security guard.
According to police, the suspect, Zviad Gogotchuriwho, 34, won the gold medal in the men's judo 90-kilogram division at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. He and several teammates had been drinking alcohol and were making a lot of noise in the corridor of the hotel near Haneda Airport at around 8: 20 a.m. on the morning of Aug 12, Fuji TV reported. The team has been quarantining at the hotel after one member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus. When the guard, who is in his 60s, tried to get them to be quiet and return to their rooms, the judoka shoved him to the floor. The guard suffered a fractured rib.
The guard filed a criminal complain with police.
Police said Gogotchuriwho has admitted to the charge. A spokesperson for the Paralympics organizing committee said the judoka will likely be sent home.
The Paralympics are scheduled to begin on Aug 24.© Japan Today