AOC Bans Alcohol in the Rio Village
24 October 2013
RIO: The Australian section of the Olympic Village in Rio will be an alcohol free zone.
The new Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, Kitty Chiller, has declared the Aussie section of the Village “a dry area”.
Chiller has also decided there will be no alcohol consumed on the charter flight back to Sydney from Rio.
“Members of the Australian Olympic Team, including athletes and officials, will not be permitted to drink alcohol in the Olympic Village,” she said.
Athletes who have finished competition will be allowed to drink outside the Village but Chiller stressed irresponsible drinking will not be tolerated.
“Athletes are free to go for a drink outside the Village once they have finished competing, but we insist that they drink responsibly. We don’t want them rolling around the Village drunk and disrupting other athletes who are about to compete.”
Problems occurred at the London 2012 Olympics with athletes holding parties and disrupting fellow Team members who were waiting to compete at the Games.
“Some athletes who were competing in the second week of the London Games were awake at night because of the noise caused by athletes who had finished competition and wanted to party.
“We will be expecting an extremely high standard of behaviour in Rio - bad behaviour will not be tolerated,” Chiller warned.
Her announcement coincided with the launch of Australia’s “Campaign Rio”. An ambitious plan to return to the top five on the medal tally in Rio with a collaborated effort from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).
A dogged commitment to high performance permeates both moves by Chiller and the AOC.
“It's about creating the best environment to achieve performance success. If we're about high performance, then athletes are not going to be walking into the Village at 7am drunk or making noise or disrupting other athletes,” she said.
Climbing back into the top five is paramount and the new Chef is very focused on Team culture and creating a united Team.
“I want athletes to be part of those discussions on how they can support the rest of the Team. But if athletes cannot, will not or do not contribute to that Team approach, there will be no room for them in the Olympic Village”.
Other countries send their athletes home from the Games once they have finished competing.