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Australian athletes to face ‘cruel’ 28 days of quarantine

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The Australian Olympic committee has slammed the decision to impose a 28 day period for some returning athletes

The AOC says the South Australian Government’s decision to ignore expert medical advice poses a significant mental health risk for those athletes.

The fully vaccinated Australian Olympic Team has returned home and is currently undergoing the mandatory quarantine arrangements at hotels and facilities around Australia

However, the South Australian Government will impose a further mandatory quarantine period when South Australian athletes return from hotel quarantine in Sydney… totalling 28 days in isolation.

South Australia is the only state to do this.

There are 56 team members returning to South Australia with 16 currently quarantined in Sydney.

The SA government has rejected AOC appeals to grant exemptions for the returning Olympians, who will isolate at their homes rather than at quarantine hotels.

Adelaide’s Belinda White, a member of Australia’s Olympic softball team, will be the first athlete impacted.

Softball Australia’s chief executive officer David Pryles worried at her wellbeing during her next 14 days of isolation in Adelaide.

“To force Belinda to undergo an extra 14 days by herself upon returning to her hometown of Adelaide frankly gives us concern for the mental well-being of our returning Olympian,” Pryles said.

Many fans and athletes have taken to social media to express their concern.

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll says the decision flies in the face of the expert medical advice of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes that the mental health of athletes can be severely challenged after returning from a highly constrained Tokyo Games environment into the further isolation of extended lockdown.

“While other countries are celebrating the return of their athletes, we are subjecting ours to the most cruel and uncaring treatment. They are being punished for proudly representing their country with distinction at the Olympic Games,”


“We are all promoting the obvious benefits of vaccination, but this important layer of protection is not working in favour of these athletes, given this decision. By any measure, this group of returning Olympians is extremely low risk.

“Not only are our Olympians fully vaccinated, but they have also been living in a highly controlled bubble in Tokyo, taking the upmost precautions – tested daily over many weeks.

Mr Carroll says the AOC has expressly followed the South Australian Health Department’s Exemption process, submitting medical evidence based on highly qualified advice.

“We have received no explanation as to why our application on behalf of these athletes has been rejected. If you run an exemption process, presumably that includes the prospect than exemptions can be granted based on scientific advice. We have received no response related to the expert advice we have provided,” Mr Carroll said.

AIS Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes says while he respects the South Australian process is designed to keep the state safe, the decision to reject the athletes’ application is profoundly flawed.

“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,” Dr Hughes said.

Mr Carroll says numerous attempts to resolve this matter over some weeks without success.

“National Cabinet took a position that a double quarantine arrangement was unacceptable. Every COVID-safe procedure we have asked the Olympians to undergo, they have complied with. They can safely transfer to their home states after the mandatory hotel quarantine period without interacting with the public.

The AOC wrote formally to the South Australian Chief Medical Officer after weeks of discussions with departmental staff. Today the AOC was informed of the decision that the Olympians would be required to home quarantine, on top of the two weeks hotel quarantine just completed.

Mr Carroll says the home quarantine option is no less impactful. First the athletes are required to apply for home quarantine, with no certainty of approval.

“Athletes subject to home quarantine will not be permitted a welcome home hug. Either the athlete’s family must move away, the athlete must find a way of isolating from the family or the entire family goes into quarantine. That is not an acceptable option for someone who is fully vaccinated and who has already just completed two weeks’ quarantine,” Mr Carroll concluded.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has been broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attracting interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Women’s 10km world record holder found dead

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Kenyan athletics champion Agnes Tirop has been found stabbed to death at her home in Iten, with police treating her husband as a suspect.

Tirop is a two-time World Athletics Champion bronze medalist, and just last month set the world record for the women’s 10km event at a road race in Germany.

A police investigation into her death is now underway, with her husband a key suspect who is yet to be located by police.

Crime scene investigators searched Tirop’s house on Wednesday night, after she was reported missing by her father.

“When [police] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor,” Tom Makori, head of police for the area, said.

“They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.

“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”

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Top NFL coach fired after emails uncover homophobic, misogynistic comments

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One of the biggest coaches in the NFL has resigned for misogynistic and anti-gay language in emails before he was appointed coach of the Las Vegas Raiders

According to The New York Times, Jon Gruden sent emails to Bruce Allen, the then President of the Washington Football Team, and others during a seven-year period that ended in 2018.

Gruden emailed Allen that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not have pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” referring to a former player who was gay.

The Times also reported that Gruden used an anti-gay slur in several instances while referring to Goodell, and used offensive language to describe some owners, coaches and media members who cover the league.

Gruden also denounced the emergence of women as referees in his emails, according to The Times, and said that Eric Reid, who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, should be fired.

He has apologised for his “insensitive remarks” and said “sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone” in a statement on Monday local time

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