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2 Georgian judoka ejected from Olympics for violating COVID protocols

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Bulk of the blame goes on the Tokyo Organizing Committee officials for this because it’s their responsibility to ensure that proper security is there to avoid this type is situations! The so called Olympic bubble is full of holes and many other athletes have gone out but only these two caught!

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What the hell are the security doing around the exit points of the Olympics village? I also heard that they aren’t the only ones who have been roaming around freely as other athletes and team officials have been spotted in Shibuya, Ginza, Toyosu and Roppongi areas! Because of this type of acts foreigners will inevitably be blamed for the current high infection rate! But all is well as long as Japan keep winning the medals!

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@Mag, this isn't a authortarian state. We cannot just post police, tracking dogs and bared wired evewhere to enforce them not to leave the village. All we can do as a democracy nation is to politely as them not to break the rules and don't endanger others within the village by getting infected. So if they do get caught leaving, Japan can't even punish them and all the committee can do is send them home.

We can't lay a finger on them, we can't say anything insulting or scold them. Heck, we aren't even allow to monitor them,because that is against their privacy rights. All we can do is kindly tell them the olympic is over for them when they are caught.

The problem is the culture. Japan expected certain standards for the athletes and think they would just comply the rules and guidance of the officials. Politely asking doesn't always work because sometime humans are just rule breakers and stubborn beings.

-18 ( +10 / -28 )

The first two posters moaning they're not living in a dictatorship a "la China".

Nuff said.

-15 ( +10 / -25 )

I had no idea they weren't allowed to leave the Olympic village, seems a bit harsh.

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I also heard that they aren’t the only ones who have been roaming around freely as other athletes and team officials have been spotted in Shibuya, Ginza, Toyosu and Roppongi areas!

These team got caught by people who willing to report them, unlike other team, who did similar things.

A media report said the two were spotted Tuesday night wearing their Georgian team uniforms taking photos near Tokyo Tower with several other people.

Anyway cases already reached another new records even with these athletes went for sightseeing

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/07/31/national/japan-coronavirus-july-31/

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They had already finished competing, and were due to leave soon, so they probably decided why not.

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They've finished their events, got their medals and now want to see a bit of the wonderful country they have travelled to. Only natural. I would certainly do the same.

-12 ( +8 / -20 )

In Shibuya a ran into a group of British athletes, in their team uniforms even.

The "playbook" is blatantly violated -- which even a blind could have predicted. Of course, they won't kick out a bunch of British. They make example of 2 people from a "less friendly" country first.

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@Mag, this isn't a authortarian state. We cannot just post police, tracking dogs and bared wired evewhere to enforce them not to leave the village.

They certainly can and are. There are many areas of Tokyo currently inaccessible because of the Olympics.

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So much for the organizers assurance than the bubble was problem free, and this is just where people were found, maybe other people are going around the city (and communicating the infection) and are just a little more careful so they are not getting caught.

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I sometimes look at some journos' Twitter and one of them had a photo of about twenty Australians in team kits outside a restaurant.

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The athletes from Georgia know the rule; rule was broken. Olympics correctly remove them. It is the personal responsabity of them. Don’t blame others only them

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

@Hiro

….this isn't a authortarian state. We cannot just post police, tracking dogs and b…..

We are currently facing a pandemic with the number of infections skyrocketing ever since the Olympics began! It’s not about being an authoritarian state. It’s just common sense that holding an event of such large magnitude during a pandemic requires strict and tighter control. The athletes were already aware that the security will be tight and they won’t be allowed to leave the Olympics village ( nothing to do with being an authoritarian state ) but upon arriving they realized it’s a totally different story with lackluster security. So they started to leave the bubble zone and roam around. By your explanation all blames lies only on the athletes ( foreigners) and none on the organizing committee ( mostly Japanese ) who failed to provide better security measures to monitor the movement and stop unnecessary outings! If there were proper security officers present at the entry / exit points then none of the foreign athletes/ officials would gone out of the bubble. It’s just poor organizational skills at work here!

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If the athletes are fully vaccinated why shouldn’t they? They are probably at more risk from the Japanese population than any risk they might represent to the population.

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A media report said the two were spotted Tuesday night wearing their Georgian team uniforms taking photos near Tokyo Tower with several other people.

Lol, why would ya wear your uniform when you're sneaking out?

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Buahahaha. They got what they deserved. Have they used regular clothing they'd have gone unnoticed. But nope. Had to use their team uniforms. Morons.

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Bet it went down something like this:

"Hey, organising committee! We met two athletes in Roppongi last night. They said they were American swimmers and were out partying".

"Hm..um..we can't punish American athletes. Their TV companies ordered us to let them do what they want".

"Well, we also noticed a couple of black athletes in Harajuku. They had backpacks saying "Ivory Coast track and field". We took a photo, here, look".

"Er, yeah, we can't punish them. Race card, y'know. Looks bad".

"Well, there were those two guys out by Tokyo Tower. They even had their uniforms on. Georgia."

"As in Atlanta? We can't punish Americans, I told you".

"No, Georgia as in Tbilisi".

"Ooh. They're mostly white, aren't they?"

"Yes..."

"Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've found our scapegoats!"

11 ( +18 / -7 )

It's such a shame, I was looking forward to them competing in the mixed team, this is probably the reason why.

Oh well, Japan lost against France anyway, better luck next time.

The real sadness is the russians trying so hard but gets nothing.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Agree with above posters - this is more to show to local residents that they are strictly following the playbook rules by making these two as scapegoats

There are many other examples/sightings but does not get acted upon

Already pointing fingers & shifting blame game has started - see below article where Marukawa is saying dont ask me, ask the organizing committee

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210731/p2a/00m/0na/012000c

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Rule is rule. All athletes should know it from the playbook before coming to the Olympics. Surely they knew outside is under state of emergency. It is impossible to watch all athletes all day long, so Japan had to trust all intelligent athletes, so most of them will not.

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Just anecdotally from browsing social media, it is the tip of the iceberg. There are locals looking to meet Olympians and of course expressions of interest are hard to ignore. It is inevitable and foolhardy to try to stop it.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Meanwhile, I'm cheek-to-jowl on a train every morning.

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JimToday  06:35 am JST

What the hell are the security doing around the exit points of the Olympics village? I also heard that they aren’t the only ones who have been roaming around freely as other athletes and team officials have been spotted in Shibuya, Ginza, Toyosu and Roppongi areas! Because of this type of acts foreigners will inevitably be blamed for the current high infection rate! But all is well as long as Japan keep winning the medals!

"I also heard" is good enough evidence for me!

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LagunaToday  09:04 am JST

Meanwhile, I'm cheek-to-jowl on a train every morning.

Exactly.

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englisc aspyrgendToday  07:50 am JST

If the athletes are fully vaccinated why shouldn’t they? They are probably at more risk from the Japanese population than any risk they might represent to the population.

Simply put, it's politics.

A lot of people believe that the transmission is only one way anyway, and that's from the foreigners.

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kohakuebisuToday  07:28 am JST

I sometimes look at some journos' Twitter and one of them had a photo of about twenty Australians in team kits outside a restaurant.

Have the source? From what this article says, that's an instant ban.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Yea, leave the Olympians alone. Let them go see Tokyo.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Hang on - didnt the trouble-prone organisers promise the "bubble is secure"?

These so-called "olympic bubbles" in Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba and Osaka are and were never secure.

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Because their respective events were completed several days ago, both judoka have already left Japan to return home, so it's unclear if they will face any actual consequences. A Tokyo Games spokesman said the pair can no longer access Tokyo 2020 facilities, but that was pretty much already true because of COVID rules requiring athletes to leave no fewer than two days after their competition.

Why was the above information left out of this story?? They’d already left Japan by the time officials had handed down their “punishment”. This kind of fake outrage and posturing does absolutely nothing to protect the people of Japan or stop future rule breakers.

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Lol, why would ya wear your uniform when you're sneaking out?

Most athletes are know for their physical accomplishments, not for their mental ones.

Plus, they are treated as if rules don't apply to them, so they behave accordingly.

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Let me explain the entire PURPOSE for these supposed ""playbooks""......

Their only purpose is to protect the ioc!! THATS it!

So every violation the ioc simply says its nit our fault, its the same reason athletes all have to sign waivers!!!

Its all so the ioc can cover their you know whats, THATS IT!

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I hope they did not catch covid while in town

4 ( +5 / -1 )

They weren’t the first to break protocols. And most likely won’t be the last.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Big deal. Judo events are over. They're not likely to stay for the opening ceremony anycase since athletes are told to leave Japan asap. Anyway, I hope they didn't catch the virus while in town.

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How about other who went to Shibuya yesterday? Ohh I forgot competitions are over so they don't mind being "ejected" from Olympics anymore.

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So far didou made the best comment! Got to wonder why athletes go sightseeing while knowing about the risk of catching the virus downtown.

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If the athletes are fully vaccinated why shouldn’t they? They are probably at more risk from the Japanese population than any risk they might represent to the population.

Well said. The athletes are more tested for covid than the general population.

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The thing with the Australians actually made the news and is here.

https://twitter.com/yorozya_1/status/1421420251745452036

The report says they were taken out of the village in a large group for a PCR test to Shinbashi before heading home. Which is not their fault personally, but still means a large group of them were hanging around outside, something we were told wouldn't happen. It also means there must be little or no PCR testing capability at the village itself. So more lies about bubbles and testing from the IOC and JOC.

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You can always count on a certain cohort of JT readers to convict using only heresy, rumour and innuendo.

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You can always count on a certain cohort of JT readers to convict using only heresy, rumour and innuendo.

It counterbalances the other cohort who can literally rationalise every incompetent action on the part of the Japanese government and the greed-driven sociopathy of the IOC.

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Rules are rules. As an athlete, medal should not be the only matter, but also he/she has to have sportsmanship, discipline, attitude and respect for the rules. Foreigners always say how peaceful Japan is but forget that it all can be achieved because people here (mostly ) follow the rules. Then who are we as foreigners suddenly can do as we like as we wish and break the rules saying that the rules that Japan made is nonsense ? Why don’t we stay in our country then if we feel it is more comfortable and trusted than Japan , other than always feeling offended by Japanese rules and not ready to be a part of the mannerly peaceful society. Zannen but I hope we, they can learn something good from this.

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