American fencer Alen Hadzic flew to the Tokyo Olympic Games on a separate plane from his teammates. He's staying apart from them, too, in a hotel roughly 30 minutes' drive away from the athletes' village in Chūō City.
These unusual conditions come not at the request of Hadzic himself, but at the demand of his sport's national governing body, USA Fencing, as part of a plan designed to preserve the (in his own lawyers' words) "physical and emotional safety" of his female teammates.
Hadzic, who qualified for the Games as an alternate on the US men's épée team, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women; two of whom, Buzfeed News reported, are fellow Olympic fencers.
"If this had been dealt with in the way that it should have been, he should have not even had the opportunity to try to make the Olympic team," one of the women told the outlet. “And now we have to deal with the consequences of having [him] on the team while simultaneously competing in the biggest event of our lives. And I think that's a very unfair position to put us in."
Soon after Hadzic qualified for the Tokyo games back in May, USA Fencing posted a photo of him to its Instagram page. Smiling. His helmet tucked under one arm. The other throwing a thumb up in triumph.
Then the comments started rolling in.
According to The New York Times, several people alleged on the post and elsewhere on social media that Hadzic is "a predator and a rapist". USA Fencing has since deleted and disabled comments.