Say what you will about the Olympic Village, what with the majesty that comes with hosting all of the greatest athletes in the world and such and such, but it is probably one hell of a party. ‘Probably’ is the term I’ve opted for here because I haven’t been there personally. We’ve all heard the stories though, and after your events are in the books it sounds like a place for ‘Dude where’s my car?‘ calibre evenings.
The antics of one Australian rower won’t do anything to dispel this line of thinking as Joshua Booth, part of the Australian men’s eight team, went Queen’s University Homecoming on the neighbourhood surrounding the Olympic Village, allegedly causing damage to multiple storefronts, and was arrested by police.
Now there’s talk he will be sent home after his attempt to re-enact the events of ‘The Hangover‘.
Booth, who was described by one teammate as ‘a good bloke’, certainly won’t be putting a dent in the Australian reputation for rowdiness after the arrest. He was said to have ‘fainted’ (read: passed out) at the police station, which resulted in a head injury and trip to hospital. He was released without severe injury, beyond a killer headache, sensitivity to light and sound and a desperate need for Gatorade and crackers.
The Australian Olympic Commission will be looking into the incident and will be coming down with some sort of ruling on what to do with Booth. For what it’s worth, no charges were laid against Booth, though he was said to be meeting with police at an upcoming date.
Nick Green, Australia’s Olympic Commission chef de mission was called from the police station at 3.30am with the news that one of his team’s athletes was under arrest.
“We understand there was alcohol involved. Again I don’t know all the details. The investigation will present all that.”
Folks, know your limit, stay within it, lest you be sent home from the Olympics.