Australian athletes ‘damaged rooms and misbehaved on flight home’

Australian athletes 'damaged rooms and misbehaved on flight home'
Australian team chef de mission Ian Chesterman said it was "not the hardest thing to break the cardboard bed''. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Australian Olympic committee says that Australian athletes damaged beds in their Olympic village hotel rooms and put a hole in a wall before leaving. Officials added that some athletes also showed “unacceptable behaviour” on their flight home.

But Ian Chesterman, Australia team boss, said no disciplinary action would be taken as the athletes had apologised.

He added that the damage in the Olympic village hotel rooms was “minor” and that it was “not the hardest thing to break the cardboard bed”.

Chesterman didn’t name the athletes or the sport they represented.

But the national governing bodies of football and rugby union were investigating reports of rowdy behaviour on a flight into Sydney last Friday, the Australian Olympic Committee said.

“Some young people made a mistake – they had left the rooms in a condition that was unacceptable,” Chesterman said.

Rugby Australia said in a statement that it had launched its own investigation after being informed by Australian team officials of “unacceptable” behaviour by football and rugby players on the flight home from the Olympics.

The chief executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, Matt Carroll, said there had been no formal complaint from the airline operating the flight, but added that they are also aware of the “unacceptable behaviour” done by the athlets.

He described the behaviour ‘extremely disappointing”.

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