Rugby Australia is investigating allegations of bad behaviour from the Australian men’s rugby sevens team on their flight home from the Tokyo Olympics.
The details of what occurred on the flight are yet to emerge but the Australian Olympic Committee and Rugby Australia are aware of the alleged incidents, which are believed to involve drunken behaviour and leaving the plane bathrooms in a mess. Japan Airlines has reportedly complained to the AOC.
AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said he had received reports from the chief executives of Rugby Australia and Football Australia taking full responsibility for unacceptable behaviour from some athletes in the men’s rugby sevens and men’s soccer team.
An AOC statement said the incidents happened on a flight to Sydney from Tokyo on July 30.
Carroll said there were athletes from a number of sports on the flight but the two football codes had advised him that they were taking full responsibility for their players.
“While there has been no formal complaint from the airline, unacceptable behaviour was brought to our attention and I directly raised the issue with our member sports’ CEOs,” Carroll said.
“It’s extremely disappointing but both rugby and football have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologised to the Australian Olympic Team. The CEOs have undertaken to take the appropriate action and report back to us.”
Rugby Australia issued a statement on Tuesday night about the allegations.
“Rugby Australia has been made aware of incidents involving the Australian men’s sevens program after being informed by the Australian Olympic Committee,” it read.