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Ian Chesterman, Australia's chef de mission, told reporters Wednesday that he had received a report from Japan Airlines about the "unacceptable" behavior of team members.

Athletes "failed to respond to requests for them do do whatever they needed to do on the flight," Chesterman said.

"And then there was also the issue of at least one person being sick in the toilet and leaving that inoperable for the remainder of the fight," he added.

CNN has reached out to Japan Airlines for comment.

Both Football Australia and Rugby Australia have launched formal investigations into the conduct of personnel on the flight, Chesterman said. Disciplinary action might follow when this process is concluded, he added.

"Can I also say how deeply disappointed I am in this behavior. This behavior clearly is unacceptable and does not meet the standards set by this team," Chesterman said, adding: "This is a proud team, performing brilliantly after a very very challenging preparation and the vast, vast majority have conducted themselves superbly both on and off the field of play."

He said some people had made poor choices but that he hopes they will make better choices in the future.

As of Wednesday, the Australian team was fourth in the Tokyo 2020 medals table, winning a total of 36 medals: 15 gold, four silver and 17 bronze.

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Australian Olympic athletes under fire for rowdy, drunken flight home

Kyodo News Plus 04 August, 2021 - 02:27pm

Members of the Australian Olympic men's football and rugby seven's teams are facing investigations into unruly behavior on their flight home from Tokyo, following a written complaint by Japan Airlines Co. to the Australian Olympic Committee.

The two teams were allegedly involved in hours of rowdy and drunken antics on the 10-hour return flight from Tokyo to Sydney that touched down on Friday morning, Sydney-based The Daily Telegraph said on Wednesday.

According to the report, other passengers on the flight said some of the players refused to follow instructions by airline staff to sit down and allegedly raided alcohol stored in the galley of the plane, despite pleas by the airline staff not to do so. In addition, one passenger reported that several athletes began vomiting, and one of the plane's nearby toilets was "wasted."

"Obviously, they weren't wearing their masks as they were drinking all the time," one passenger told the tabloid.

Japan Airlines confirmed that a written complaint has been sent to the Australian Olympic Committee, telling Kyodo News on Wednesday, "As they are traveling as athletes representing their country, we hope they take heed of that fact and behave as such."

The Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement that it was made aware of unacceptable behavior by Olympic team members on the flight and took immediate action by convening a meeting of the chief executives of the sports.

"It's extremely disappointing, but both rugby and football have told me that such behavior is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologized to the Australian Olympic Team," said committee CEO Matt Carroll.

The two football codes told the Olympic committee that they are taking full responsibility for their players and have indicated that they will be investigating the reports of unacceptable behavior on the flight, the statement said.

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Australian Olympic athletes under fire for rowdy, drunken flight home

ESPN Australia 04 August, 2021 - 02:27pm

Members of the Australian Olympic men's football and rugby seven's teams are facing investigations into unruly behavior on their flight home from Tokyo, following a written complaint by Japan Airlines Co. to the Australian Olympic Committee.

The two teams were allegedly involved in hours of rowdy and drunken antics on the 10-hour return flight from Tokyo to Sydney that touched down on Friday morning, Sydney-based The Daily Telegraph said on Wednesday.

According to the report, other passengers on the flight said some of the players refused to follow instructions by airline staff to sit down and allegedly raided alcohol stored in the galley of the plane, despite pleas by the airline staff not to do so. In addition, one passenger reported that several athletes began vomiting, and one of the plane's nearby toilets was "wasted."

"Obviously, they weren't wearing their masks as they were drinking all the time," one passenger told the tabloid.

Japan Airlines confirmed that a written complaint has been sent to the Australian Olympic Committee, telling Kyodo News on Wednesday, "As they are traveling as athletes representing their country, we hope they take heed of that fact and behave as such."

The Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement that it was made aware of unacceptable behavior by Olympic team members on the flight and took immediate action by convening a meeting of the chief executives of the sports.

"It's extremely disappointing, but both rugby and football have told me that such behavior is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologized to the Australian Olympic Team," said committee CEO Matt Carroll.

The two football codes told the Olympic committee that they are taking full responsibility for their players and have indicated that they will be investigating the reports of unacceptable behavior on the flight, the statement said.

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Breanna Stewart leads US to semis with 79-55 win over Australia

Boston.com 04 August, 2021 - 08:22am

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Breanna Stewart and the U.S. women played their best basketball of the Tokyo Games, putting on a dominant performance that team has been known for over the years en route to winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals.

The Seattle Storm star was a big reason why the Americans were so impressive, scoring 20 of her 23 points in the first half as the U.S. routed the Aussies 79-55 Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

“We wanted to come out and set the tone on both ends of the floor,” Stewart said. “We haven’t had great starts to the games so far. This is the quarterfinals and it’s win or go home.”

The Americans will face Serbia on Friday in the semifinals looking to advance to their seventh consecutive gold medal game. The Serbians, who won the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Games, rallied to beat China 77-70 in the quarterfinals.

For the first time since getting together about three weeks ago the U.S. looked like the team that’s won 53 consecutive games in the Olympics dating back to the 1992 Barcelona Games.

“Knockout rounds brings out a certain intensity about a team and that played a huge role in it,” said Sue Bird, who had nine points and five assists. “It’s do or die at this point. That helps. I do think we subtly have been taking steps in the right direction and getting better. We’re trending in the right direction and getting more comfortable.”.

During the pool games the U.S. got off to slow starts, trailing after the first quarter in each contest. Stewart made sure that wouldn’t happen against Australia. Trailing 5-2, she scored seven consecutive points to start a 19-1 run. The Americans led 26-12 after the opening quarter as Australia had 10 turnovers in the period.

“The way she did it inside-outside, she was unconscious,” U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. “She took great shots and was efficient. We knew Stewie can score, but it was her defensive effort. She chased those guards around, something she doesn’t do a whole lot. Deflections, blocked shots, made plays. super proud of the all around effort she gave us.”

Australia was able to get within nine in the second quarter before the U.S. closed the half with a 20-8 run to go up 48-27.

The Opals never threatened in the second half as the lead ballooned behind Brittney Griner, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the third quarter.

The U.S. and Australia are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the world and usually meet later in the Olympics, but the Aussies barely qualified for the quarters. They needed at least a 24-point victory over Puerto Rico in the last game of pool play to advance.

The Opals have never beaten the U.S. in the Olympics, losing to the Americans in the gold medal game in 2000, 04 and 08. The Australians also lost in the semifinals of the 1996 and 2012 Olympics to the U.S.

They were looking for a different outcome in Japan. The teams played in Las Vegas last month in an exhibition game and Australia pulled off the upset victory. But the Americans wanted to ensure what happened in Vegas, stayed in Vegas.

“Haven’t had one of these in awhile,” Diana Taurasi, who didn’t play in that game as she was recovering from a hip injury, said of the comfortable win.

Leilani Mitchell scored 14 points to lead Australia, which played without center Liz Cambage and will host the World Championship next year in Sydney. The 6-foot-8 Cambage abruptly left the team before training camp, citing mental health issues.

“I think we can improve a lot,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said.

Stewart said she had talked at practice about playing in five Olympics like Taurasi and Bird have. She’s competing in her second in Tokyo. She thinks she has one advantage over the two vets who are 39 and 40.

“If I’m a five-time Olympian I’ll be 37,” she said. “I’m younger than the two of them so it’s possible.”

Australia’s Stephanie Talbot, who is on the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. played after missing the team’s last game against Puerto Rico. She only played a few minutes against China after missing the opener against Belgium because of an injured foot. She tested it out before the U.S. game and played 16 minutes, scoring four points.

The Australia men’s team will face the U.S. men in the semifinals on Thursday. Most of the American men’s team arrived just before the half to watch the women’s team play.

Australian athletes accused of damaging Olympic Village rooms

THE WEEK 04 August, 2021 - 07:52am

Athletes left behind vomit in rooms and a hole in the room wall

Athletes from Australia, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics, reportedly left a mess in their rooms at the Olympic village. The New York Times reported that the athletes after finishing up their events left "vomit and a hole in the wall" in their living areas. Members of Australian men's rowing and rugby teams left "their rooms in a messy and unacceptable state," the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed to The Australian.

"Two apartments had minor damage, one each involving athletes from the men's rowing and rugby teams," an AOC spokesman confirmed. 

Since the two Australian teams had apologised for their inappropriate behavior, they would not face further disciplinary action.

Members of the rugby and rowing teams left their rooms in the Olympic village “in a messy and unacceptable state,” the Australian Olympic Committee said.

"The vast majority of athletes have absolutely done the right thing through their stay and been model citizens both on and off the field of play," the chief of Australia's Olympic team, Ian Chesterman, told New York Times. He added that "A few have let themselves down.

In a statement to Reuters, Chesterman added that the damage was "minor" and that it was "not the hardest thing to break the cardboard bed." Two life-sized mascots — a kangaroo and an emu — that went missing from the Team Australia living quarters were also returned.

Meanwhile, Rugby Australia and Football Australia are now investigating reports of inappropriate behavior from their men's Olympics sevens team and the Olyroos on board a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight from Tokyo to Sydney. They reportedly refused to wear masks, ignored cabin crew and an athlete vomited in toilet after excessive drinking.

The Australian Olympic Committee will leave it to the country's rugby and football federations to investigate and punish the "unacceptable" drunken behaviour of players on a flight home from Tokyo, Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman told a news conference. 

Rugby Australia said it was investigating allegations of “drunken behaviour” and making a mess of the aeroplane’s toilets. Football Australia has taken up the issue with the Australian Olympic Committee and will investigate the involvement of any footballer in excessive drinking.

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Stewart leads the United States to the semi-finals, defeating Australia 79-55 - Texas News Today

Texas News Today 04 August, 2021 - 01:59am

Saitama – Breanna Stewart scored 20 out of 23 points in the first half to help the United States beat Australia 79-55 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Americans will face Serbia in the semi-finals on Friday, aiming to advance to the gold medal game seven times in a row. The Serbs, who won the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, beat China 77-70 in the quarterfinals.

For the first time since they met about three weeks ago, the United States appeared to be the dominant team that won the last six gold medals and 53 consecutive games at the Olympic Games dating back to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

“The knockout round gave the team a certain amount of strength, which played a big role in the team. At this point it’s either dying or dying. It helps. We’re subtly going in the right direction. I think we are heading in the right direction and are more comfortable. “

During the pool game, the United States delayed the start and dragged after the first quarter of each contest. Stewart confirmed that it wouldn’t happen to Australia. Dragging 5-2, she scored seven consecutive points to start the 19-1 run. Australia had 10 sales during the period, so Americans led 26-12 after the opening quarter.

“I wanted to come out and set the tones on both ends of the floor,” Stewart said. This is the quarterfinal and I will win or go home. “

After Australia was able to enter within 9 in the second quarter, the US closed the half with a 20-8 run and rose to 48-27.

Opal did not pose a threat in the second half as the lead swelled behind Brittney Griner, who scored 10 out of 15 points in the third quarter.

The United States and Australia are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world and usually play in the second half of the Olympic Games, but Australia rarely plays in this quarter. They needed at least 24 points to win against Puerto Rico in the final game of pool play to move forward.

Opal never beat the United States at the Olympics and lost to Americans in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 gold medal games. Australians also lost in the 1996 and 2012 Olympic semifinals.

They were looking for another result in Japan. The team played an exhibition game in Las Vegas last month and Australia achieved an upset victory. Diana Torashi did not play in the match because she had recovered from a lower back injury.

“I didn’t have one of these for a while,” said Taurashi, a comfortable winner.

Leilani Mitchell scored 14 points, leading Australia to host the World Championships in Sydney next year.

Stephanie Talbot of Australia participating in the WNBA Seattle Storm. Played after missing the team’s last match against Puerto Rico. She only played against China for a few minutes after missing the opening match against Belgium due to a leg injury. She tested it before the US match, scored 4 points and played for 16 minutes.

The Australian men’s team will face American men in the semi-finals on Thursday. Most of the American men’s teams arrived just before half to see the women’s team play.

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