Talks underway for Darwin Olympic parade

Aaron Bunch
(Australian Associated Press)

 

Australia’s returning Olympians could be honoured with a ticker-tape parade in the Northern Territory after they’re released from COVID-19 quarantine.

More than 100 athletes and support staff touched down at Darwin International Airport about 5am on Tuesday after flying from Tokyo.

They were bussed to the National Centre for Resilience in Howard Springs where they will undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says his government is in talks with the Australian Olympic Committee.

“We’ve had very positive conversations,” he told reporters.

“But no details yet about how we would celebrate those Olympians here in Darwin.”

Gold medalists Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon are understood to be among the 115 passengers on board the chartered Qantas flight.

Mr Gunner said it was the first of two planeloads of Australian Olympians who will quarantine in Darwin, with the second group set to arrive after the games conclude.

Whether there is one or two celebrations is still being worked out with the AOC, along with a COVID-safe plan, Mr Gunner said.

“It would be nice to have them around for seven days but that’s part of the conversation with the AOC,” he said.

There is likely to be a one week delay between the first and second groups being released from quarantine.

“We’re very respectful of the Olympians’ time. They’re spending two weeks now in quarantine.”

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