Olympic rugby player arrested after allegedly breaking Fiji’s coronavirus quarantine

Olympic rugby player arrested after allegedly breaking Fiji’s coronavirus quarantine

Two members of the Fiji national rugby team were arrested after allegedly breaking a 14-day quarantine set up by the island country in order to contain the coronavirus.


“We strongly condemn the behavior of these two players and their disregard for lawful instructions to self-isolate themselves,”  Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connors said in a statement this past weekend.


The Fiji Sun, citing a close relative to the player, reported that 2016 Rio Olympics rugby sevens gold medalist Semi Kunatani was among those arrested.


The 29-year-old Kunatani currently plays for the London-based Harlequins club, which is part of the Fiji Rugby Union.


The identity of the other player was not disclosed.


The two reportedly returned to Fiji from Singapore, which saw its coronavirus cases rise to 1,300 on Sunday, according to a Bloomberg report.


Fiji had 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Monday, according to the Associated Press, and is home to around 900,000 people. It is located in the South Pacific, about 1,100 miles north of New Zealand.


O’Connor said the union would “take appropriate disciplinary actions against the professional rugby players, including reporting this highly irresponsible behavior to their Clubs and World Rugby.”


Professional sports leagues all over the world have been on hiatus due to the pandemic, and many athletes have publicly spoken out in the fight against the deadly virus.