2 Australian Swimmers Banned From Closing Ceremony After Ignoring Olympic Village Curfew

Australia's Emma McKeon shows off her bronze medal after the women's 200m freestyle final in Rio
Australia’s Emma McKeon shows off her bronze medal after the women’s 200m freestyle final in Rio

The Australian Olympic Committee banned swimmers Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon from the Rio Games’ closing ceremony after they failed to return to the Olympic Village with teammates after an outing at a Copacabana nightclub Tuesday night.

AOC chief Kitty Chiller also announced in a statement all swimmers were put on a 2 a.m. curfew through Sunday’s closing ceremony.

“Palmer and McKeon’s behavior was unacceptable and they breached disciplinary protocols,” Chiller. said. “I have raised the need for the swimming team leader to ensure he is aware of his athlete’s whereabouts when leaving the Olympic Village.”

Palmer “continued drinking” with a friend, according to a statement released by the AOC. When his friend left, Palmer was forced to withdraw $1,000 out of an ATM by man. Palmer was described as “disoriented” when he was found by two Copa businessmen.

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SOURCE: USA Today, A.J. Perez