Dutch gymnast kicked out over drinking

PRIOR OFFENCE: Yuri was suspended for drugs in 2009.


    Aug 10, 2016

    Dutch gymnast kicked out over drinking

    DUTCH gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled

    from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking after qualifying for the finals of the rings event.

    The 33-year-old left the Olympic village on Saturday and spent the night celebrating before he returned in the early hours of Sunday morning, violating rules concerning alcohol consumption and leaving the team base.

    "It's terrible for Yuri but this kind of behaviour is unacceptable," Dutch team chef de mission Maurits Hendriks said on Tuesday.

    "In sports terms, this is a disaster but we had no other choice given the violation of

    our values."

    Van Gelder, the rings

    world champion in 2005,

    has a previous instance

    of violating rules at a

    major sporting event.

    In 2009, he was suspended from the Dutch Gymnastics Union for taking cocaine

    three days before the

    national championships.

    The Dutch team have imposed strict living conditions on their athletes.

    According to media reports, they are forbidden from entering Rio for safety reasons. Athletes who have completed their events

    must return home to avoid distracting team-mates.