Swimming star Emma McKeon (pictured) and Josh Palmer have been reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Committee.
Swimming star Emma McKeon (pictured) and Josh Palmer have been reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Committee. Matt Kinggetty IMAGES

RIO 2016: Banned from closing ceremony after boozy night

A BOOZY night for Australian swimmers has left one robbed and disoriented, and another sleeping it off at a friends' house, putting the Australian Olympic Committee on the warpath.

Swimmers Josh Palmer, 25, and Emma McKeon, 22, had been partying at a nightclub in Copacabana, and failed to return to the Olympic Village on Tuesday night.




For McKeon, the four-time Rio medallist had gone to spend the night with "swimming friends" in the Copa district but didn't pass that on to team management.

Palmer had a rougher night.

After leaving the night club, the rest of the drinking group headed back to the Olympic Village without issue. This is thought to be about 4.30am.

Palmer, however, headed to a beach kiosk to keep drinking.

His night ended with him being "forced" to withdraw $1000 from an ATM.

Reportedly disoriented and without his wallet or phone, Palmer was discovered by businessmen who called the Australian Consulate.

Each have now apologised.

McKeon and Palmer have been "grounded" by the AOC, and are not allowed to leave the Olympic Village between 8pm and 8am. 

Neither will be allowed to participate in the closing ceremony.

All Australian swimmers will now be bound by a 2am curfew for the rest of the games, thanks to the pair's actions.

AOC Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller confirmed the details of the athletes' misbehaviour early on Friday local time.

"Palmer and McKeon's behaviour was unacceptable and they breached disciplinary protocols," she said in a statement.

"I have raised the need for the Swimming Team Leader to ensure he is aware of his athlete's whereabouts when leaving the Olympic Village and that the swimming athletes observe the 2am curfew. 

"Swimming management has also decided athletes must advise the team leader of their arrival into the Olympic Village and they must present themselves to a Swimming official by 10am."

"Given the security problems we have encountered over the past few weeks I find the behaviour of the disciplined athletes disrespectful to the remainder of the team."

Ms Chiller thanked the businessmen who found Palmer and took him to the consulate.

Palmer has not made a formal complaint to police about the robbery.

Swimming Australia has released a statement saying while both athletes had conducted themselves professionally throughout competition, these "isolated incidents" deserved sanctions, not just for them, but for the entire team.

"The values of the Olympic Team and the Australian Swim team are our foundation. We hold each other accountable for these values. These are two isolated incidents that do not reflect on the whole team," Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said.