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Australian Olympic Committee Allows Alcohol For Athletes But Bans Inebriation
Published November 20, 2013
DRINK RESPONSIBLY: REUTERS' Martyn Herman wrote before listing a range of behavior that would be frowned upon, a statement said, "Team members are permitted to consume alcohol responsibly." The statement said that "being disorderly or argumentative, being bad tempered, swaying or falling down, talking boisterously, having rambling conversations and annoying fellow team members would all result in possible disciplinary action." No alcohol "will be permitted in the Olympic Village or on the return flight to Australia following the Games" (REUTERS, 11/19). In Sydney, Nicole Jeffery wrote the AOC insisted it was not the "fun police." Chiller: "It's not about a ban on alcohol, it's not about stopping celebrations -- it's about providing a totally 100 percent high-performance focused environment. We are not the fun police. This is about recommending the responsible consumption of alcohol and ensuring no other athlete in the village is disrupted by the irresponsible consumption of alcohol by other team members who have finished competing." Chiller said that the AOC would not have officials policing the entrance to the Olympic village looking for intoxicated athletes, "but would act on reports of disruption and apply sanctions if necessary." For serious offenses, "these could include sending athletes home" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/20).