Australian medalist Garside fined for hosting party during lockdown

Australian medalist Garside fined for hosting party during lockdown

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Lightweight – Quarterfinals – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021 – Australia’s Harry Garside reacts after winning his Pool fight via REUTERS/Luis Robayo

Harry Garside, who won Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in Tokyo, has been fined A$5,454 ($3,976) for violating the COVID-19 lockdown rules by hosting a party over the weekend in Melbourne, reported Australian media Monday.

Garside, a plumber, won bronze in the men’s lightweight category earlier this month. The 24-year-old had completed his mandatory quarantine in Brisbane on Friday, a day before the party.

“I haven’t seen my friends in six months and selfishly had ten people in my house,” he told Channel Seven. “I know it was wrong to do and there is no excuse.”

Garside’s mom said he learned his lesson.

“He knows he did the wrong thing and he will bear all the consequences. He has to deal with the consequences and he has fully cooperated with the police,” she said.

Victoria, the second most populous state in the country, is in its sixth lockdown since the start of the pandemic, reporting 73 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus in the 24-hour period to Sunday night.

Prime Minister Dan Andrews has indicated that coronavirus restrictions are likely to be extended given the continued spread of the Delta variant.

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