Dutch Expel Van Gelder from Olympics
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Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympic Games by the Dutch Olympic Committee and will be sent home immediately for violating team rules, including consuming alcohol.

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympic Games by the Dutch Olympic Committee and will be sent home immediately for violating team rules, including consuming alcohol.

According to the Dutch Olympic Committee, van Gelder left the Olympic Village after Saturday's qualification and returned Sunday, and admitted he had consumed alcohol, which violated the code of conduct set forth by the Dutch Olympic Committee.

Maurits Hendriks, the Chef de Mission of the Dutch Olympic team, called van Gelder's behavior "unacceptable."

"It was a very difficult decision for us to make," Hendriks said. "This is terrible for Yuri, but at such a breach of the values ​​within TeamNL, we have no other choice. We stand for excellence with respect to all agreements and rules. Our athletes have an exemplary standard and this behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Yuri has left us no choice."

Van Gelder, 33, is a former world and European champion on still rings, and was competing in his first Olympic Games. He qualified to the still rings final in eighth place. He will be replaced by French gymnast Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues, who was 10th in qualification. (The ninth place gymnast, Igor Radivilov of Ukraine, had already moved up into the final after the injury to French gymnast Samir Aït Saïd on Saturday.)

Hans Gootjes, the technical director of the Royal Dutch Gymnastics Federation (KNGU), said he was "hugely disappointed" in the gymnast's behavior.

"Within our team, this behavior cannot be tolerated," Gootjes said.

In 2009, van Gelder was suspended from competition for one year by the KNGU after testing positive for cocaine during a competition. He underwent a three-month drug treatment in Scotland. However, in October 2010, he was withdrawn from the world championships in Rotterdam after several people stated he had admitted to recent cocaine use, according to KNGU president Jos Geukers. Van Gelder later denied it was due to cocaine, but that was just suffering from "anxiety."

Update: On Tuesday, a message was posted to van Gelder's official website official website declining comment from the gymnast: "He wants to first deal with these events privately, and will then come out with a statement. When this will happen is still unclear."

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