Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2016 1:48 PM CDT
Yuri van Gelder competes in the men's rings final at the 2011 European Championships.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

(Newser) – Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for Yuri, but this kind of behavior is unacceptable," the Dutch team's ambassador says in a statement announcing van Gelder's expulsion from the Games. His spot in the final will now go to France's Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues, reports NBC. The Guardian notes the 33-year-old van Gelder has been banned from previous events for alleged cocaine use. (Read more 2016 Olympics stories.)

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