It doesn’t look like Rio is getting any safer for Olympians.
Concerns over the security of athletes competing in the Rio Olympics rose once again after it was revealed a member of the Great Britain team was robbed earlier this week.
According to Scott Field, Director of Communications for Team GB, the unnamed athlete was held up “returning to their accommodation” from a night out early Tuesday morning.
This latest incident of theft has prompted officials from the GB track and field team to send an email to athletes on Wednesday warning them about the dangers of nighttime travel in Rio.
The email, obtained by The Guardian, explained that the athlete who was mugged was in “shock” but not hurt — and included a warning that traveling by taxi after dark was not safe and should be avoided, advising team members:
“Avoid leaving the village after dark in anything other than (official) transport. Taxis cannot be considered safe late at night. If you are planning on going out after dark and have no way of returning other than via taxi, do not go out.
Rio is NOT a safe environment. The level of crime has spiked in the last few days. Think very carefully about whether it is worth the risk of leaving the Village to celebrate after you have finished competing ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ (we) cannot guarantee your safety when away from (official or team areas). Our strong advice is that it is simply not worth the risk given the current climate in Rio.”
Clearly, officials are worried about the safety of their athletes — and we don’t blame them.
This incident comes on the heels of Ryan Lochte alleging he and three teammates were the victims of armed robbery over the weekend — a claim that many believe to be untrue based on the inconsistencies in the groups’ stories.
But this latest report certainly makes Locthe’s story look better — because it’s no secret things are still pretty rocky in Rio.
Stay safe, Olympians!
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