Tokyo 2020: Two Georgian judoka ordered to leave Tokyo for breaking COVID-19 rules
Two Georgian judoka who won silver medals at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics here were told to leave the Games after breaking COVID-19 rules by going sightseeing, it has emerged.
A spokesperson for the Georgian National Olympic Committee (GNOC) confirmed Vazha Margvelashvili and Lasha Shavdatuashvili had breached the regulations in place at the Games.
The two competitors are among six to have been stripped of their accreditation at the Games for violating the COVID-19 rules, which organisers have claimed are essentially to ensuring the event is “safe and secure”.
Both athletes have already left Tokyo under rules that order athletes to depart the country no later than two days after their competition.
Under the “playbook”, the strict rules all participants must follow during the Games, sightseeing and other tourist activities are banned.
Athletes are prohibited from walking around the city and visiting tourist areas, shops, restaurants, bars or gyms.
The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 had warned athletes who breach the rules could be fined or disqualified.
Margvelashvili was beaten by Japan’s Hifumi Abe in the under-66 kilograms final last Sunday, while Shavdatuashvili fell to Shohei Ono in the under-73kg gold medal bout on Monday.