Two Georgian judo athletes have been expelled from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after going sightseeing, according to reports.
A spokesperson for the country's Olympic committee, Masa Takaya, revealed an athlete violated the Covid-19 protocols in place and had been stripped of their credential.
Takaya said: "All I can say is (the person) left the Olympic Village for sightseeing and accreditation was deprived. I can’t give you any more than that."
Although he did add: "Leaving the Village for the purpose of sightseeing, that is something not to be tolerated.
"Therefore, we went through the appropriate process for deprivation."
According to Kyodo News, however, the duo are Vazha Margvelashvili, 27, and Lasha Shavdatuashvili, 29, and were spotted on Tuesday taking photos with people in their official uniforms near Tokyo Tower.
According to the AFP news agency, via Yahoo.com, the Georgian pair left the athletes' compound to visit "one of their good acquaintances".
"When they went outside of the village, no one stopped them at the exit. So they thought that they could go outside," an unnamed official told AFP.
"They wanted just to have a bit of open air, to relax after a tough day of competition, after a tough lockdown period."
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This incident marks the first time Olympic athletes have been ejected from the Tokyo games since it began.
The rules, known as the playbook, state that "must only leave your accommodation to go to official games venues and limited additional locations that you have outlined in your activity plan, as defined by the list of permitted destinations."
Athletes are not allowed to use public transport and are forbidden from going to shops, restaurants and visiting tourist areas.
Margvelashvili won a silver medal in the men’s 66kg judo event, while Shavdatuashvili, also captured some silver hardware in the men's 73kg.