TOKYO (REUTERS, AFP) - Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday (July 31) they had revoked accreditation of a Games-related person or people for leaving the athletes' village for sightseeing, a violation of measures imposed to hold the Olympics safely amid the pandemic.
"We took away accreditation as we believe going out of the athletes' village for sightseeing is something that should not happen," Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told a daily briefing.
An official from Georgia's national Olympic committee (NOC) later said two judo silver medallists were stripped of their Tokyo 2020 accreditation for breaking coronavirus rules by leaving the Olympic Village.
Vazha Margvelashvili, 27 and Lasha Shavdatuashvili, 29, ventured out of the compound to meet "one of their good acquaintances" who lives in Japan, said the Georgian NOC official, who declined to be named.
This is the first time accreditation has been revoked since the start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23. Without it, one cannot enter any Olympic facilities, he said.
Residents of the athletes' village are not allowed to go out for non-Games related purposes, such as sightseeing.
"When they went outside of the village, no one stopped them at the exit. So they thought that they could go outside," the Georgian official told AFP.
"They wanted just to have a bit of open air, to relax after a tough day of competition, after a tough lockdown period."
Both athletes had been beaten to the gold medals by different Japanese judoka this week.
The Georgian NOC official said the pair had their accreditation revoked on Friday, but that they have now left Japan to return home.
Margvelashvili had faced off against Hifumi Abe on Sunday (July 25), while Shavdatuashvili lost to Shohei Ono on Monday.