Dutch gymnast expelled for night of drinking in Rio after qualifying for finals

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Rio Olympics for ``gravely’’ violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking, the Dutch team said.

It was gathered that Van Gelder committed the act after qualifying for the finals of the rings event.

The 33-year-old left the Olympic village on Saturday evening and spent the night celebrating before
he returned in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This was a violation of 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 in a statement on Tuesday.

“In sports terms this is a disaster, but we had no other choice given the violation of our values.’’

Yuri In 2009, he was suspended from the Dutch Gymnastics Union for taking cocaine three days before the national championships.

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