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Oz Sevens team warned over drinking

2016-08-14 19:15

Cape Town - Australia's Men's Sevens team were warned over their behaviour after members of the squad had a drunken night out after their elimination at the Olympics in Rio.

After finishing their campaign with an eighth-placed finish, players had a big night out in Copacabana and returned to the athletes’ village early on Saturday morning.

The team's skipper, Ed Jenkins, reportedly lost his accreditation before finding it and being back into the Olympic village.

Australia's Olympic chef de mission Kitty Chiller reportedly had stern words with the players.

Chiller was particularly concerned about athletes being drunk around Rio late at night, such is the issue with crime in the city.

"Yes, I read them the riot act," she told Fairfax Media.

No further action is expected to be taken against the players, but it served as a strong warning to the rest of Australia's Olympic squad .

Although there was no evidence of misbehaviour, Chiller was forced to talk tough as she has been strict on discipline during the Olympics.

Before the start of the Games, Chiller had said: "I have a zero tolerance for disruptive behaviour. There's no alcohol where competing athletes are residing. Am I going to go out and have a few drinks? Absolutely. 

"I don't want to send three people home because they're drunk. If someone gets rolling drunk, and tip-toes down the corridor and goes to sleep, there's a warning but they won't be sent home."

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