The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is investigating an outdoor drinking party at the athletes village, after it broke rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, officials said Sunday, per AP.
Why it matters: Before the games, athletes who are competing were warned that drinking alcohol in groups was a breach of the rules intended to limit COVID-19 infections.
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Athletes were told they were only permitted to drink alone in their rooms, per AP.
In serious cases of rule-breaking, athletes can be removed from the village and be stripped of their Olympic credentials.
The big picture: Japan has recorded a surge in daily coronavirus cases during the tournament, with a total of 264 Olympic-accredited people having tested positive for the virus since July 1, AP reports.
What they're saying: "We are investigating the situation and based on the result we are to take appropriate action,” Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said, per AP.
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