Thank God for alternates. Otherwise what would the Belgium Olympic cycling team do in the case of Gijs Van Hoecke?!
Twenty year old Belgian Gijs Van Hoecke was photographed leaving a London nightclub early one morning, and hours later he was packing his bags to go home. Needless to say, alcohol was involved.
Based on the photos plastered all over the internet, Gijs Van Hoecke, was very intoxicated, perhaps even inebriated.
In fact, it appears that Hoecke was so drunk that he was being held upright by two guys flanked on either side of him.
The photos does make one wonder whether the alcohol was worth it, in light of the fact that Hoecke risked the opportunity to represent his country in what can easily be referred to as the greatest athletic competition.
Looks like the Belgian Olympic officials frown on public intoxication.
According to the Washington Post, Belgium’s Olympic team referred to Hoecke’s public intoxication as “inappropriate behavior” and “deplorable” after it sent the 20 year old home.
This of course came after The Daily Mail published photos of the athlete leaving a nightclub at 3:30 a.m. with lowered eyelids, wet hair, a hyper-moist, and wet clothes.
Hoecke was of course returning to the Olympic Village when the infamous photos were taken. Even though he apologized and expressed regret, he did state that he should be entitled to party a bit and drink some alcohol, considering all the training that he has done over the last two years.
Apparently the Belgium Olympic Committee saw things differently.
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Original article : www.washingtonpost.com
Photo courtesy of: hbvl.be/sport