“They have also been living in a highly controlled bubble in Tokyo, taking the utmost precautions — tested daily over many weeks,” the AOC said in their statement.
South Australia’s state premier Steven Marshall said in a press conference on Thursday it had been a “tough decision” to impose the additional quarantine.
“But we have got to take tough decisions to protect South Australia. When we look interstate, we see devastating conditions really affecting lives. In South Australia, we had our own lockdown in place for seven days. We know the effects of that,” Marshall said.
Australia is currently battling to control an outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant
, which has caused lengthy lockdowns in the major population centers of Sydney and Melbourne
. The state of New South Wales
, where Sydney is located
345 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday while the Australian capital Canberra announced a week-long lockdown after a Covid-19 infection was detected in the city
South Australian Premier Marshall said the AOC was not able to set up a “sterile corridor” back to the state for returning athletes.
“Asi que, en otras palabras, they would be going to the airport, they’d be getting on a plane with people who, por supuesto, have to go into 14 days of quarantine,” Marshall said. The South Australian premier said his government was looking into the possibility of allowing athletes to home quarantine for the second set of 14 dias.
The AOC said the quarantine “poses a significant mental health risk” for athletes.
“To have individuals quarantined for such a lengthy period of time is in my opinion unreasonable and cannot be scientifically justified. It poses a significant risk to the physical and mental wellbeing of the individuals concerned,” Australia Institute of Sport Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Hughes said.
The Australian team came sixth in the Tokyo 2020 medals table, winning a total of 46 medals: 17 gold, seven silver and 22 bronze.