Aussie Olympian Riley Day cops bizarre ban in hotel quarantine

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Riley Day, pictured here after the 200m semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Riley Day looks on after the 200m semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Aussie athletics phenom Riley Day has been forced to ask her social media followers to stop sending her gifts in hotel quarantine.

Day is in 14-day isolation at a Brisbane hotel after returning home after the Tokyo Olympics.

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The 21-year-old shot to superstardom when she ran a personal best in the 200m in Tokyo to narrowly miss out on making the final.

She then became a social media sensation when she asked Australians to follow her on Instagram in a post-race interview with Channel 7.

And it appears the shout-out did the trick, with adoring fans sending gifts to Day as she spends her 14 days in hotel quarantine.

However Day has been forced to ask her followers to stop sending the gifts after hotel staff became inundated.

“I really appreciate everyone’s generosity and you mean the world to me!" she wrote on Instagram.

"But I’ll have to ask everyone to kindly stop sending me things because the people downstairs are super busy helping us quarantine safely."

Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson, who is isolating in the same hotel as Day, told the sprinter was forced to take down an Instagram post telling fans her room number.

“Riley actually got a call from the officers downstairs, requesting her to take the story down because of how many deliveries she was getting,” Nicolson said.

“She asked me if I got the same thing and I was like, ‘No’. She said, ‘Why do you still get to receive deliveries? I had to take down my post’.

“I said, ‘You’re too popular!’”

Riley Day, pictured here competing in the 200m heats at the Tokyo Olympics.
Riley Day competes in the 200m heats at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Uproar over double quarantine for South Australian athletes

Meanwhile, South Australia's government has refused to lift another quarantine period for returning Olympians despite widespread backlash.

A group of 16 Olympians from SA are quarantining in Sydney for 14 days and will be forced to isolate for another fortnight when they return to their home state.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has described the SA government edict as cruel and defying medical advice.

While SA Premier Steven Marshall says the further quarantine period is "devastating" for the Olympians, he's refusing to change the rule.

"It's devastating for people who have already done 14 days," he told reporters on Thursday.

"It is a tough decision but we have got to take tough decisions to protect South Australia.

"This is a tough rule but ... we're going to keep it in place in this instance.

"It is very very tough and we feel for these athletes.

"But every person coming in from Sydney at the moment is required to do 14 days of quarantine."

The premier said he was particularly mindful that the state's most recent lockdown - for a seven-day period which ended on July 27 - was prompted by a resident returning from NSW.

That resident served a 14-day quarantine in NSW, tested negative for coronavirus, returned to SA and then developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive.

Marshall said the AOC was unable to create a sterile corridor of transit for SA's Olympians.

He expected the "vast majority" of the 16 athletes to isolate at their homes, rather than in designated quarantine hotels.

with AAP

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