Tokyo Olympics: Georgia athletes removed from Games after sightseeing trip

Last update on. From the section OlympicsHarumi Island is where the Olympic Village is located in Tokyo.Two silver medallists from Georgia were asked to leave the Olympic Games in order to go on a sightseeing tour of Tokyo.It is against Covid-19 protection to leave the athletes' village for nongames purposes.Japan has declared an emergency in the city due to an increase in cases.Masanori Takaya, spokesperson for Tokyo 2020, stated that they removed accreditation because they believe sightseeing in the athletes' village is an unacceptable activity.Takaya stated that someone or group of people had lost their accreditation at a briefing held Saturday, but didn't give any further details.The Georgian Olympic Committee confirmed however that the two Georgian Olympic Committee athletes, both judoka, were not allowed to compete on Olympic grounds.The pair were also informed that they had left Japan having completed their events. This is in accordance with the rules that state athletes must leave Japan within 48 hours after competing.According to a Georgian official, silver medallists Vazha Marvelashvili (27), and Lasha Shavdatuashvili (29), had left the compound in order to meet "one their good friends" who lives abroad.They thought they could go outside, and no one stopped them at the exit. After a long lockdown period, they wanted to enjoy some open air.They won four medals at the Games for Georgia's Judoka, one silver and one gold.Japanese media reported earlier this week that two Georgian athletes were spotted taking photos at Tokyo Tower.