Aussie swimmers banned from Olympic closing ceremony for embarrassing reason 20



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After having displayed some incredible sportsmanship and camaraderie during the Olympic games, our swimmers are now back in the limelight for the wrong reason.

Australian swimmers Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon have now been banned from the closing ceremony for a reason that many call embarrassing to Australia – partying.

The two Olympians stayed out all night partying in Rio with other swimmers and were reportedly still in a club about 4am.

More shockingly, Palmer, 25, was even robbed of $1000 and his wallet and phone. McKeon, 22, who was tipped to be flag bearer, stayed with friends in Copacabana until the next morning without telling team management when rules clearly stated that no athlete should be staying outside their accommodation past 8pm.

While the other swimmers returned to the Olympic village, McKeon went to her friends’ and Palmer headed to a beach with a friend to keep drinking.

He said a man forced him to withdraw the cash from an automated teller machine, it has been reported.
According to The Australian, he was found ‘disorientated without his wallet and phone’ by two businessmen in the Copa district of Rio de Janeiro.

They contacted the Australian Consulate who in turn contacted the Australian Olympic Team who sent Swim Team Leader Wayne Lomas to pick him up.
Palmer then had to meet with the Australian team’s head of security, Greg Nance, and a member of the Australian Federal Police.
Australian Olympics Committee Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said Palmer and McKeon’s behaviour was “unacceptable and they breached disciplinary protocols”.

“I have raised the need for the Swimming Team Leader to ensure he is aware of his athlete’s whereabouts when leaving the Olympic Village and that the swimming athletes observe the 2am curfew,” she said, as quoted in Daily Mail.

Both swimmers have now been put on a strict curfew for the remainder of the Olympics and banned from the closing ceremony.

Do you think the rules are too strict or should the athletes be blamed?

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  1. Given the security concern in Rio I can only imagine what would happen if the athletes do not follow the protocol. They are there because the financial support from Australians, there are not there on private holidays. They should understand that they are to do what ever they like when under Australia costs. Yes, they are to be blamed, I agree totally.

  2. Given that a simple text message from Miss McKeon would have alerted officials that she was not in any danger, this could have been avoided. The rules are made for everyone and choosing to ignore these rules have consequences.

  3. there are team rules because you are part of a team..!!
    In this case you are also representing your country..!!
    what a fiasco if everyone behaved that way…..
    Did they pay for their tickets or accommodation= No
    Grow up

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    • Totally agree with all the comments. They r lucky if it is only the ban for a couple days! Grow up u r representing all of us. What an insult to all those working to try and keep u safe, your parents are trusting them in a strange country..

  4. Yep,no sympathy,those rules are there for a very good reason. Rio is not a safe place to be prancing around as you please. Sure you want to have fun,wait till you get home.Just imagine if either of you were murdered.You are not babies,and are representing Australia.Suck it up.

  5. If they breached the rules then yes they have to suffer the consequences otherwise the whole team will act like there are no boundaries. When will young people ever learn? The answer is probably never that is what being young is all about. In years to come they will look back on this and may or may not regret it.

  6. With all that has been happening in Rio you would think that the two swimmers involved would have more sense.

  7. Australians are ambassadors for their country. Why do some team members let the others down? Disgraceful behavior has to stop. They deserve to be banned from the closing ceremony. As for being robbed Rio has a bad name for it. I have seen some shocking incidents on Foxtel about South American countries. May be now the Australians will be more careful!!!

  8. Totally agree with the ban . They spoil it for the other team members . Wake up , grow up , shut up cop it sweet ,Australians are fed up with this behaviour from these infantile people !

  9. They know the rules & there are consequences, the rules are in place for there own safety.
    Surely a text to let someone know where they were. He was probably lucky that’s all that happened to him.

  10. Totally agree with ban also. These are supposed to be class athletes – not mindless morons.
    You can be sure there would have been a massive “incident report” if anything untoward has happened today them.

  11. Totally agree with ban also. These are supposed to be class athletes – not mindless morons.
    You can be sure there would have been a massive “incident report” if anything untoward has happened today them.

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