Netherlands' Yuri van Gelder Kicked Out of Olympics for Drinking
The 33-year-old gymnast from the Netherlands broke a rule set in place for Dutch athletes, which says they can not consume alcohol while at the Olympics.
Yuri, who has the nickname “Lord of the Rings,” qualified for the finals in the rings event after his strong performance in the preliminaries on Saturday. He admitted to drinking on his night off.
“It was a very difficult decision for us to make. This is terrible for Yuri, but at such a breach of the values within TeamNL, we have no other choice. We stand for excellence with respect to all agreements and rules. Our athletes have an exemplary standard and this behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Yuri has left us no choice,” Netherlands Olympic Committee spokesman Maurits Hendriks said (according to Yahoo! Sports).
Yuri is pictured here at a competition in 2005.