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Olympics organizers to investigate alcohol consumption in athletes village

Japan Self-Defense Forces soldiers stand guard at the athletes' village for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Naoki Ogura

Tokyo Games organizers are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in the Olympic village this week, an incident attended by police, the CEO of Tokyo 2020 said on Sunday.

Reuters reported the athletes were caught drinking in a park in the athletes’ village on Friday night, Toshiro Muto told a news conference, in contravention of COVID-19 measures at the Games.

“We are looking into the matter. We will take appropriate steps based on our findings,” he said. Police were also at the scene, he said, adding it was not clear what action they took, if any, Reuters reported.

Muto did not give details of the number of athletes involved or their nationalities.

Organizers previously said athletes are permitted to drink alcohol only in their rooms and only if they are alone, as a precaution against COVID-19.

The Games are taking place in Tokyo without spectators and athletes and Olympic visitors have remained in a “bubble” with regular testing for the coronavirus.

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