Australia’s Olympic Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman called on the country's athletes to be more respectful following reports of Olympian misbehavior.
Earlier this week, a group of Australian athletes were criticized for their purported "excessive alcohol consumption" and "loud and disruptive" behavior on their flight home from Tokyo.
Chesterman said he has relayed the importance of "mutual respect" to Australia's Olympic delegation.
Here's what Chesterman had to say at a news conference Friday:
"I think the message which I've preached always is mutual respect. We have great respect for the athletes. We have worked really hard to make sure that they have everything that they need. And we've worked really hard with the sports to make sure that they've got everything that they need for the athletes as well. And we also then say that there's a need for mutual respect back to the overall team as well. And everybody gets that. There was a group of people who made a mistake and they are obviously fully aware of that. And we continue to work with our team, remind our team of the overall commitment that they have to the Australian Olympic team and I'm very pleased to say that so far everyone understands that. It's an honor to be part of this team. And they're very proud to be a part of it. And we want to finish off these Games really well."