The Australian contingent for the Olympics performed well in Tokyo as they managed to secure 46 medals, including 17 gold medals. However, the people back home are not happy with the government’s decision to extend the quarantine period for returning athletes. According to olympics.com.au, the government of South Australia has imposed an additional quarantine period for returning athletes who belong to the region. This increased the total quarantine period to 28 days, including the quarantine of hotels in Sydney.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is not happy with the way the South Australian government has decided to treat its athletes.
Speaking to Twitter, Maxwell wrote: “It’s actually disgusting. What a way to treat our Olympians who have represented us so well.”
South Australian athletes who returned from the Olympics will undergo another period of quarantine after completing the hotel quarantine that the entire Australian Olympic team undergoes in Sydney.
South Australia is the only state to do so. There are 56 team members returning to South Australia and 16 are currently under quarantine in Sydney.
AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said the decision was made in the face of expert medical advice from Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) chief medical officer David Hughes that mental health athletes can be severely compromised after returning from the highly constrained Tokyo Games. the environment in the additional isolation of the extended lockdown.
“As other countries celebrate the return of their athletes, we subject ours to the most cruel and indifferent treatment. They are being punished for proudly representing their country with distinction at the Olympics,” said Carroll.
The AOC has officially written to South Australia’s chief medical officer after weeks of discussions with department staff. On Wednesday, the AOC was informed of the decision that the Olympians would be required to self-quarantine at home, in addition to the two-week hotel quarantine that has just ended.