Australian Olympic rower Josh Booth has been sent home after smashing windows in a town on the outskirts of London during a night out drinking, officials said.
“His actions were not consistent with the values that are held high as a member of the Australian Olympic team and as a result of his actions Josh will be discharged from the Olympic team and he’ll be required to return back to Australia,” Nick Green, the team’s chef de mission, said in a prepared statement to reporters in London yesterday broadcast on television.
Booth, 21, was arrested by police outside London early on Aug. 2 on suspicion of criminal damage. He was taken to Staines Police Station, police said, and then to St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey for medical treatment after bumping his head. Booth was in Australia’s men’s eight, which finished last in the Aug. 1 final at Dorney Lake in Eton outside of London.
“The damage I caused was not motivated by any malicious intent to steal or to destroy, but was rather an emotional outburst, an inappropriate expression of my disappointment and frustrations with our result in a very close and hard-fought final,” Booth said in a prepared statement to reporters.
No charges will be leveled against Booth after he offered to pay for the damage caused.
To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Heath in Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at email@example.com