Dutch Gymnast Yuri van Gelder Kicked Off Olympic Team After Night of Drinking in Rio

Dutch Gymnast Yuri van Gelder Kicked Off Olympic Team After Night of Drinking in Rio

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been kicked off the Netherlands Olympic team and sent home from Rio for breaching team rules.


The Royal Netherlands Gymnastics Association said Van Gelder, a former world champion on the rings, left the athletes’ village on Saturday night and admitted drinking alcohol before returning in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Yuri van Gelder was to have taken part in the rings final CREDIT: EPA
Yuri van Gelder was to have taken part in the rings final CREDIT: EPA

Van Gelder, 33, who was to have taken part in the rings final in Brazil, had no immediate comment, according to a statement on his website.

However, Maurits Hendriks, head of the Dutch Olympic team in Rio, is quoted as saying “it is awful for Yuri, but this behavior is unacceptable”.

This is not the first time that Van Gelder has run into disciplinary problems. In 2010, he was dropped from the Dutch team for the Gymnastics World Championships after he admitted using cocaine. That tournament was to have marked his comeback after a one-year ban for cocaine use.

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