Rugby Australia and Football Australia launch investigations into Tokyo theft incident


Rugby Australia and Football Australia are investigating allegations of athlete misconduct on the return flight from the Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian Olympic Committee has been informed of incidents involving the men’s rugby sevens team and the Olyroos on the Japan Airlines flight on July 30. It is believed that the behavior problems were due to alcohol.

The AOC informed the RA and the FA of the allegations, asking football codes to “immediately deal with any behavioral problems of their players and officials.”

Both sporting bodies have launched their own investigations and apologized to the Australian Olympic team.

AOC CEO Matt Carroll said the deal was hugely disappointing.

“Although there have been no formal complaints from the airline, unacceptable behavior has been brought to our attention and I have directly raised the issue with our member athletic directors,” Carroll said in a commentary. communicated.

“It is extremely disappointing, but both rugby and football have told me that such behavior is certainly not acceptable in their sport.”

RA released a statement Tuesday evening saying its internal investigation had begun.

“Rugby Australia has been made aware of incidents involving the Australian Men’s Sevens program after being informed by the Australian Olympic Committee,” the statement said.

Rugby Australia has opened its own internal investigation into the case based on information provided by the AOC.

“Rugby Australia expects the highest standards from all of its employees, shaping the values ​​of our game – respect, integrity, passion and teamwork.”

It comes after some Australian athletes left their village rooms in “unacceptable conditions” before leaving, but no disciplinary action was taken after they apologized.

The athletes had damaged beds and pierced a wall, while two team mascots were found in the German section of the village.

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