Having reached the lads’s rings finals on Saturday, the previous world champion — nicknamed the “Lord of the Rings” — left the Athletes’ Village a number of hours later to rejoice. When he returned, he admitted he’d consumed alcohol.
The Dutch gymnastics affiliation, KNGU, and the Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC-NSF) stated in a joint assertion Van Gelder, 33, had “gravely violated” workforce guidelines and that that they had “no different selection” however to place him on the primary aircraft residence.
“It was a really troublesome determination,” chef de mission Maurits Hendriks stated in a press release on the KNGU web site. “It is horrible for Yuri, however this kind of conduct is unacceptable.”
Hendriks admitted the departure of the previous world champion and triple European champion on the rings was “a bloodletting” for the Dutch group.
However, he harassed, “our athletes are position fashions.”
Van Gelder needs to bide his time earlier than commenting on his dramatic exit from his first Olympic Video games.
“Yuri cannot and does not need to reply to the state of affairs,” stated a press release on his web site. “He needs to course of the occasions in a closed surroundings and can make a press release after that. When he’ll do this, just isn’t but clear.”
The gymnast had advised Dutch tv final month that his wild previous was properly and really over and that he was “older and wiser.”
An immensely gifted athlete who was named Dutch Sportsman of the Yr in 2005 for profitable the rings world title, Van Gelder has been something however a task mannequin since then.
He examined constructive for cocaine use in 2009, which value him a spot on the Dutch Olympic group for the 2012 London Olympics and ended his profession within the Dutch military in addition to resulting in a suspension from his sport for a yr.
After an eleven-week spell in a rehab clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland, his return to competitors was chaotic, with the gymnastics union withdrawing Van Gelder from the 2010 world championships for “relapsing” simply 4 days earlier than the occasion.
Van Gelder “is delicate to using stimulants” his former coach, Remi Lens, informed De Telegraaf newspaper on Tuesday. “The employees of the Dutch Olympic group ought to have recognized that.”
By now overshadowed on the Dutch workforce by Epke Zonderland, the reigning Olympic champion on the horizontal bar, Van Gelder lastly achieved his objective of competing within the Olympics when he certified for Rio in April.Solely to throw all of it away with what Dutch media stated on Tuesday was an evening out to satisfy his Brazilian girlfriend.
“It took Yuri a very long time to get right here, however sadly he will not have the ability to end it,” stated KNGU technical director Hans Gootjes.
Nonetheless, there’s help for Van Gelder on social media, with dozens of followers criticizing the Dutch workforce for being too strict.
Although Van Gelder has additionally acquired one other nickname — “Lord of the Pints.”
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