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4 Tokyo Olympics employees arrested on drug charges

JAPAN-ALSHARQIYA July 13: Four people working on maintenance work for the 2020 Olympic Games have been arrested for allegedly using cocaine, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Japanese Radio and Television Corporation said that the four people denied the accusations against them, but that their urine analyzes came back positive.

The four defendants work for the company "Agrico", which specializes in temporary electric power generation services. Two of them hold American citizenship, while the other two hold British citizenship.

And Reuters news agency quoted the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation as saying that the four employees were drinking in a bar in the Rubingi area earlier this month, as one of the accused stormed an apartment, prompting the police to interrogate them.

And urine tests that proved cocaine use.

While the Tokyo Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the four employees were arrested earlier this month, the Games organizers said: "If the allegations are true, Tokyo 2020 will issue a stern warning to the company and advise them to take all possible measures to ensure that such an incident does not happen again."

The company "Agrico", which is contracted by the organizers of the Olympic Games, confirmed the arrest of its employees. She said that the four defendants were dismissed from service, according to what was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Scotland-based company has apologized for the incident. "Agriko apologizes for the concern this has caused to the public, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, athletes and the thousands of people who are dedicated to the safe and successful organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games," it said in a statement.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics start on July 23, the Games postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The games are being held without spectators due to the restrictions imposed by the Japanese capital to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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