Winter Olympics 2018: IOC apologises for member Adam Pengilly's behaviour following his bust-up with security guard
The International Olympic Committee has apologised after IOC member Adam Pengilly was sent home following an incident involving a security officer at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Pyeongchang: The International Olympic Committee has apologised after IOC member Adam Pengilly was sent home following an incident involving a security officer at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
"The IOC wishes to apologise for the behaviour of one of its members and feels very sorry for the incident caused by Mr Adam Pengilly," it said in a statement.
An IOC source told AFP the 40-year-old former skeleton racer was involved in a dispute with an Olympic security guard.
After the guard attempted to block him politely, Pengilly became aggressive and used "insults and threats", the source said.
"Following an interview with the IOC Ethics Compliance officer, he will leave the Olympic Games and South Korea with immediate effect," the statement added.
Pengilly has apologised to the security officer involved and the IOC said it wished to thank authorities and police in South Korea for their "excellent work".
Pengilly, a former skeleton world silver medallist, was elected a member of the IOC in 2010 and has been a vocal critic of the body's handling of the Russian doping scandal. His IOC term ends on 25 February.
He was a member of the coordination commission for the Pyeongchang Olympics and the evaluation commission for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Tokyo 2020 said the affected official has been placed into a 14-day quarantine and removed from the Village where thousands of athletes and officials will reside.
Olympic and Japanese officials have staunchly defended the Games, which are being held in a strict biosecure "bubble" with daily testing. Eighty percent of athletes at the Games have been vaccinated.
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