‘Slap in the face’: AOC condemns SA decision to impose 28-day quarantine on athletes

The Australian Olympic Committee has condemned a decision to impose a 28-day quarantine on Olympians returning to South Australia.

The scheme includes 16 athletes already isolating in Sydney, all of whom will be required to do another fortnight when they arrive home.

Olympic Officials say the decision ignores medical advice and goes against National Cabinet’s concerns for the mental health of individuals.

Former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth called the situation inexplicable on Twitter, saying: “I know how hard the @AUSOlympicTeam medical staff worked to keep the team COVID free. This decision by SA is a slap in the face to them and the athletes who competed in these games.”

State authorities say the situation was preventable and a home quarantine arrangement is being considered for the athletes.